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2016 Mazda 6 Touring Review
OWNER RATING 7.7 /10
  • quiet diesel engine with plenty of torque, comfort for tall driver
  • sloppy suspension
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ANCAP RATING
10

by Kris

I have just completed 1500km in my new car received two weeks ago.

The diesel has bags of torque once car is rolling but suffers from turbo lag when taking off from a stand still. this is particularly bad when trying to get away from a stop sign on tee intersections which lack clear visibility and demand quick getaways.

I am 188cm tall and appreciate the comfortable driving seats. Having last had a Mazda CX-5 with the gutless 2.0 litre petrol engine, it is great to see that the same excellent seats are in the new Mazda 6.

It is also really great to have the torque and power to overtake any truck and trailer units on New Zealand’s winding roads without the white knuckle experiences from that you get in the CX-5. Being stuck on the wrong side of the road with a useless engine that is on the rev limiter isn’t fun.

The Mazda 6 is quite low compared to the CX-5 SUV ride height and has taken a bit of getting used to. Some contortions are required getting down low and slotting my tall, 60 years plus body into the driving seat. But the low centre of gravity really makes up for this once on the open road.

The biggest problem and disappointment is the soft spring rate on the 2017 model and worse, the Japnese used import standard shock absorbers. These take two full spring cycles to settle down when hitting a depression or bump at high speeds – this can be especially disconcerting if this occurs on a large radius corner, where some sideways motion will also occur. Has anyone else experienced this issue? This has really taken the gloss off what has otherwise been a great driver’s car.



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