Mazda6 Atenza– In the last few years normal passenger cars have been in decline. However, sedans like the Mazda6 remain a comfortable alternative to the continuing swing towards SUVs. I drove the Atenza version a few weeks ago. This comes in either a sedan or wagon and both are a beautiful design.
The Mazda6 comes with a 2.5L turbo petrol engine with a six speed AT and FWD. There is reasonable power and torque and it also fairly economical.
The Mazda has a smooth and comfortable ride. Its very quiet and makes long distance driving relaxed. You could say it has a sporty edge to it.
Inside the Atenza is all comfort. Heated and ventilated front leather seats with Alcantara inserts and electric adjustment. Multi zone climate-controlled A/C. Digital instruments and HUD.
The large central screen and infotainment connectivity allows for wireless smart phone charging and wireless Apple CarPlay. However, Mazda’s insistence on the dial controls means that the functionality is dated now.
Personally I would opt for the wagon over the sedan as I’m a bit of a wagon fan, but either would make owners happy.
The Mazda6 Atenza sedan is priced from $52,440 plus the usual costs and that’s actually good value.
This is a Motoring Minute
I’m Rob Fraser
TO LISTEN TO THE MAZDA6 RADIO REVIEW, CLICK BELOW
More Mazda6 Thoughts
- Sedan is sleek and stylish.
- The Atenza comes packed with a heap of features for the price.
- Inside the front seats are comfortable and supportive
- Central screen is small by todays standards.
- Wireless Apple CarPlay is great, but the dial controls make functionality problematic.
- Rear seats are a little flat and tight for leg room.
- Boot is long, not very deep and has a small opening.
- That’s why I prefer the wagon. Its just as stylish but more practical
- Engine is smooth and provides enough performance.
- Its relaxing to drive and surprisingly fun as well.
- However, the front wheel drive can be a but slippery in the wet.
- It also can be a little thirsty at times.
- Starting to show its age against newer competitors.
- A Hybrid or diesel version would increase appeal
What is good?
What is not so good?
Also look at.
Sedans are a dwindling market unfortunately.
Mazda6 Atenza final thoughts
Mazda6 is really starting to show its age, but its aged well in some areas not so much in others.
Packed with both comfort and safety features it is actually good value for $52,440 plus the usual costs.
Its stylish, smooth, and fun to drive and easy to live with.
However, there are newer competitors on offer, and it sits in the segment with the Toyota Camry Hybrid which is dominant.
I would choose the wagon version, still stylish and way more practical.
Radio Segments Motoring Minute
Motoring Minute is heard around Australia every day on over 50 radio channels through the Torque Radio network.
Motoring Minute has an average daily audience of over 550,000 listeners. They are also syndicated through various news sites around Australia.
Additionally Motoring Minute is also broadcast as part of Overdrive Radio Program. This can be found weekly on the Community Radio Network across Australia.