Mazda6 - SIX EDUCATION
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All Mazda6 models get an 'i-stop' engine stop/start system (the fastest-reacting set-up of its kind on the market) that cuts fuel consumption by up to 10% all on its own. And nearly all get the i-ELOOP (short for 'Intelligent Energy Loop') brake regeneration system that's able to harvest and then re-use far more energy than comparable set-ups.
So let's cut to the chase. What does it all mean when it comes to the bottom line? Rivals like Ford's Mondeo and Volkswagen's Passat have resorted to offering buyers lower-powered 1.6-litre diesel engines in order to get running costs down. But the SKYACTIV technology means that this Mazda6 doesn't have to do that. So in baseline pokey 150PS 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel guise, it can still beat these feeble 1.6-litre rivals, delivering a combined cycle fuel return of a barely believable 67.3mpg and record 108g/km of CO2.
Mazda's 145PS 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol unit is nearly as impressive in its own way, delivering returns - a combined cycle showing of 51.4mpg and CO2 of 129g/km - that are well-nigh identical to those of a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel Mondeo - and streets ahead of other similarly-performing medium range-segment petrol rivals.
But we haven't yet talked about what is potentially an even bigger running cost element for potential buyers - depreciation. Here for Mazda, the news is just as good. Independent experts CAP Monitor reckon that after the industry-standard three year/36,000 mile period, your Mazda6 will be worth around 32% of what you paid for it. Which puts it well ahead of other sector competitors.Summary
The Mazda6 achieves exactly what it set out to do. Namely, to stand out. It's bigger, safer and better looking, with more equipment and better build quality. Yet it remains one of the most engaging drivers' cars of its kind.
Is there room for improvement? A little. Some will find the ride a little over-firm and the interior isn't the plushest in the segment. But even here, this car isn't far off the highest class standards. Standards that now need re-evaluation when it comes to running cost returns which here set a benchmark that will have rivals struggling.
It's not the most obvious choice in its class, but if you don't want to do the obvious thing, here's a car that won't penalise you for thinking a bit more independently. Is it better than its class rivals? On many objective bases, yes it is and Mazda deserves to be rewarded for that. Will they be? Over to you.
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