The Mazda6 has been given the smallest amount of Botox for 2017. The third incarnation of the car went under the knife more thoroughly two years ago, so this time around, the Japanese motor maker has focused most of its attention on technology. Our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, reports.
On staring at it hard, it becomes apparent that the Mazda gets new dials in the driver’s instrument binnacle and a freshly formed steering wheel. But, any changes for 2017 have really zeroed-in on tech – specifically two elements of technology. Right now, the East Asian automaker is making a song and dance about G-Vectoring Control (GVC). This is its version of torque vectoring. But what does that mean? Well, basically it shifts weight onto the front axle, enhancing traction, decreasing understeer and largely making you feel more skilled behind the wheel. What’s more, when motoring on the straights, you don’t need as many little steering corrections as you would without GVC.
The Mazda6’s diesel powerplant also benefits from a ‘Natural Sound Smoother’, which cuts down din and vibration at a particular frequency. Outwardly, it may seem an update not worth mentioning, but it has huge advantageous influences on the Mazda6’s sophistication levels.
Apart from the GVC and the sound-cancelling engine device, 2017’s Mazda6 is much the same. The handsome Tourer, as tested here with a 150ps 2.2-litre turbodiesel six-speed manual ‘box is a pleasure to drive. Zero to 62mph arrives in 9.2 seconds and the top speed is 130mph.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a car that will get you salivating with desire, but you know it’s a solid machine from the get-go. I drove the car in mid-range SE-L Nav trim and was blown away by its splendid ride, agile handling and comfortable cruising talents. Mazda’s ‘Natural Sound Smoother’ genuinely makes the oil-burning estate more hushed. And when it comes to the GVC, you’ll forget it’s there, but that’s exactly what Mazda wants you to do. The result is that there’s little in the way of understeer with this family-sized estate car. Furthermore, if you’re darting down a motorway, it feels more like a luxury limo than an everyday estate car.
The 2017 Mazda6 Tourer should be on your list if you want an efficient, comfy ‘bread and butter’ estate car. Yes, it has rivals, but so do all motors. Its nemesis is the excellent Ford Mondeo, but Mondeos are so ubiquitous that you might make your life a tad more intriguing by purchasing a Mazda6 instead. The Mazda will recompense you substantially. It’s laden with kit if you plump for the SE-L Nav variant, and it’s a good-looking car. The engine on the 2.2-litre diesel with its ‘Natural Sound Smoother’ is a cracker returning over 60mpg, while emitting just 110g/km CO2.
The latest Mazda6 may only be a smidgen more interesting than a Mondeo, but it’s still a top ride, made even more tempting by the updates for 2017. Get in touch with us here to find out more about the Mazda6.
Pros ‘n’ Cons
- Handsome √
- Quiet √
- Comfortable √
- Traction √
- Unexciting X
Fast Facts (2.2 150 SE-L Nav Tourer – as tested)
- Max speed: 130 mph
- 0-62 mph: 9.2 secs
- Combined mpg: 64.2
- Engine layout: 2191cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 150
- CO2: 110 g/km
- Price: £25,395