January 07, 2015 @ 06:07 PM

Review: Mazda6 Skyactiv-G 2.5

If you’re one for driving experiences but prefer a D-segment size car than look at the Mazda6. By Jerrica Leong


If you’re one for driving experiences but prefer a D-segment size car than look at the Mazda6. By Jerrica Leong

From afar, the red colour Mazda6 would make a less car savvy person mistake it as the Jaguar XE thanks to the stylish curves and edges. Unfortunately for me, I’m one for driving fun and am entirely incapable of looking at the Mazda6 from a girly point of view as I did with the Honda Accord. To read about my review of the Honda Accord click here, but if you’re more interested with this stylish Mazda6 than read on. Well even if you’re not you should just read about the Mazda6!

Exterior (Score: 5/5)

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mazda6’s curvy design would not appeal to that of the older generation but it sure does have the buyers of GenY waxing poetic about it. The sharp edges and flowing shoulder lines makes the car sportier than it has business being. The grilles made the car look a little like it’s grinning at you whenever you approach it or it could give the car in front of you the impression of an evil smile to move aside.

Interior (Score: 3/5)

There is only one word to describe the leather seats and that is sporty. Yes the interior shares the same feel as that of the exterior: it is much sportier that it has any business being. The dashboard that hides the advanced Skyactiv technology is a little dated to the eyes but no complains about the buttons surrounding the driver, there isn’t the need to second guess them!

Although it’s comfortable for the driver, I would describe the backseat as cramped. In my opinion this is a D-segment car and most would purchase the car as either family or executive car so the cramped space defeats the purpose of buying the car.

Power and handling (Score 4/5)

This car has got the speed and its eager to show you. The Mazda6’s design hints at the speed and aerodynamics and the Skyactiv technology will deliver the speed that is hinted. The thing about the Skyactiv-Drive six-speed engine is that its sluggish at slow speeds but the best car to drive when you get up to highway speed.

The steering wheel tightens as the car speeds up to give you a more dynamic and sporty drive but it’s still easy to park when you’re in a shopping mall.

Tech and Safety (Score 5/5)

The Multi-Info Display with Bluetooth Function is easy to connect and very user friendly, as expected from the Skyactiv technology. The navigation, sadly, requires much updating since it is three years out of date but it is helpful all the same. Tech like the i-Stop makes the Mazda6 fuel efficient and the i-Eloop gives the car more power, this might explain why the car is capable of speeds.

There are six-airbags fixed around the car and the usual safety ABCs. i-Activsense is only available in the Skyactiv-G 2.5 variant along with Smart entry where the car locks itself when the key is out of range.

Summary

Overall, the Mazda6 is a brilliant car for yourself when you’re one for driving experience and not looking so much for a comfortable ride. Not to say the Mazda6 is not comfortable but it feels too much like a sports car rather than a D-segment car. It is worth every penny out of your pocket but you have to ask yourself the whole reason you’re looking to purchase a D-segment car and if the Mazda6 fits the bill. It definitely does for most of us.

Overall score: 17/20

Mazda6 Skyactiv-G 2.5
On Sale

Now
Price
RM184,648.00
Engine
In-line 4cyl DOHC, 16-Valve, Direct Injection, 2488cc, 185bhp @ 5700rpm, 250Nm @ 3250rpm
Transmission
Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed Automatic
Weight
1444kg

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