We tested the 2020 Mazda 6, the top of the Japanese brand in the top version with all-wheel drive, automatic transmission. 2.2 184 hp turbodiesel with super-luxury and full-featured interiors for the price of $50,371. Here are our driving impressions.
Mazda is the Japanese brand more attentive to design and not by chance from the Mazda2 city car to the CX-5 crossover, the line always strikes for being slender and streamlined, managing to make the same sedans like the Mazda3 and Mazda6 very harmonious.
Mazda wanted us to try its flagship in a long dress, the Mazda 6 SW with the splendid Soul Red Crystal color combined with spectacular Pack White light leather interiors that really enhance the already pleasant and comfortable interior.
The generous 19-inch shoes on low-profile tires combined with all-wheel drive and the brightest engine in the range, the 2.2-liter turbo diesel of 184 bhp, complete the picture and the same price of $50,371 is certainly not a popular value but Mazda6 absolutely does not fear the qualitative comparison with the German premiums that ask for much more money!
It must be said that we are talking about the top of the range, while the already complete Mazda 6 Business 2.0 liter with 165 hp is offered for $37,127
2020 Mazda 6 Redesign Exterior & Interior
Aesthetically, we confess that the Mazda 6 has always liked us also in the sedan version and obviously with the hatch it gains momentum, meeting more the favors of us that even if we travel alone or with our partner we must have the possibility to load half the house and on the Mazda6 we leave from 522 liters to reach 1664 liters with which you can refurbish your cellar or go wild shopping at Ikea!
Outside it is beautiful. obviously subjective judgment, but the aggressive muzzle convinces and the slender sides look like those of a Samurai in action before delivering the final attack to his opponent with a tail that closes very well the job confirming that the Mazda pencils are used by design of great sensitivity so as to create its own style called Kodo Design.
Strength and kindness, nerve and calm, light and dark, a game of contrasts that even in the interior catch the eye for the rationality and order in which each element has been placed, never by chance and always respecting the most advanced ergonomic studies for to ensure that even after the first kilometer it seems to be on board its Mazda not for minutes but for months! Everything is clear, well prepared and easily accessible without getting distracted by the guide.
Looking statically, the Mazda6 SW looks like a solid, elegant car, but maybe a little too bourgeois and boring … Instead, after pressing start on the start button, putting on the seat belts and easily adjusting the driver’s seat and various mirrors realizes that the Mazda6 is surprisingly lively while placing safety at the center of its mission, so much so that it has won 5 EuroNCAP Stars and the maximum score for both passengers and pedestrians.
Once the position is adjusted, it is not enough to put the six-speed gearbox in the Drive position and then decide whether to enjoy the velvety ride or stimulate the little devil under the bonnet that the same vanes on the steering wheel for the manual selection of reports makes you suspect it is quite lively.
184 horses are certainly not few for a 1,500 kg car driven by a generous 2.2-liter turbodiesel with surprising torque from the first laps and 440 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm confirm that we can turn on dust when we want.
2020 Mazda 6 AWD Performance & Fuel Economy
Given that the four-wheel drive greatly helps in the most critical conditions which also means wet road and therefore not necessarily the snowy pass of some Alpine pass, all-wheel drive pays a small pledge compared to the front on the side of consumption and acceleration.
In fact, 2020 Mazda 6 AWD reaches 212 times and starts from 0 to 100 in 9.7 seconds while the front-wheel-drive sister reaches 220 and snaps in 9.2 seconds while the combined consumption goes from 5.4 liters to 5.1 which in both cases they translate into a very economical drive and even if you use all the power you will never make petrol happy thanks to the superb optimization of the engine’s thermal efficiency . The same emissions, despite the automatic transmission and the 4-wheel drive, stop at an altitude of 142 g/km of CO2, signaling that the 2.2 150-hp sedan gets stuck at 117 which is a decidedly remarkable value.
A great performance like braking guaranteed by the front (ventilated) and rear discs without counting that between AWD and 19-inch shoes (very beautiful its cremations) on 225/45 tires they literally keep it glued on two tracks on any terrain and path.
The 2020 Mazda 6 is a traveling companion that makes you want to get to know far and wide both in terms of ride comfort, quietness as well as the aforementioned driving pleasure and its own sobriety in consumption despite having a cavalry of all respect.
Steering, gearbox and high-end brake and also in the city you can easily drive it thanks to its surprising docility and parking it is not a problem even though it is 4.8 meters long, 1.8 wide and 1.47 high which make it a perfect road driver , but also a jolly car for the whole family for its load capacity that allows you to choose any sport without having the worry of not knowing where to put the sports equipment.
Many advantages and perhaps some defect derived from comparing it almost to a premium and therefore one would expect some icing that instead lacks like the opening and closing of the automatic door or some other small gadget that would not hurt but certainly does not change the average report card , definitely high on the 2020 Mazda 6 that deserves a full 9.