Smart City Brake Support operates at speeds of up to 20 mph...
Safety and Security
The Mazda6 Tourer was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and was awarded five-stars, the maximum rating. It scored 92% for adult occupant, 77% child occupant, 66% pedestrian and 81% safety assist. This compares to the Skoda Octavia (Hatch) also tested in 2013 – which has a five star score result, scoring 93% for adult occupant, 86% child occupant, 66% pedestrian and 66% safety assist.
Our test car was fitted as standard with Mazda’s ‘i-ACTIVSENSE’ technology which includes Smart City Brake Support, Rear Vehicle Monitoring and a Lane Departure Warning System. Other standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Assist, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System.
Smart City Brake Support operates at speeds of up to 20 mph measuring the distance between you and the car in front – if it senses an accident is likely it will automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t react to the impending doom. At speeds over 20 mph the Rear Vehicle Monitoring system (RVM) seek vehicles approaching from behind in adjacent lanes and in the Mazda6’s blind spots – warning you via LEDs on the appropriate side mirror. The Lane Departure Warning System operates at speeds over 40 mph and warns you if you are about to stray out of lane via a simulator rumble strip sound.
You also gain High-Beam Control System that takes control of the full and dipped beam, supposedly switching the lights automatically on detection of a vehicle in front of you – but as with most manufacturers’ systems it does not always react that well on undulating country lanes.
Our test car the Mazda6 Tourer Sport Nav is equipped with a premium Bose car stereo with 11 audiophile speakers as standard, whilst all models can play MP3 files via the USB connection or optional Bluetooth connectivity. We missed a DAB tuner which seems an odd omission for this specification vehicle - within the sector it is competing in. The volume needs to be turned up to start really driving the speakers, and all but the most ardent of audiophiles should be more than happy.
We didn’t like the TomTom powered Satellite Navigation system – the 5.8” screen is too small and is set too far back when using the touch screen functions although there is a joystick control situated between the two front seats.
However, there is Bluetooth connectivity to facilitate handsfree telephone calls.
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What We Liked
- Low CO2 emissions
- Driving dynamics
- Equipment levels
What We Disliked
- Satellite Navigation system not amongst the best
- Lack of DAB Tuner
- Not cheap
We really enjoyed our time with the Mazda6 Tourer – it combines excellent driving dynamics, with a flexible diesel engine and superb fuel consumption.
Our only real complaint is the shallow boot but overall, the build quality is very good, the interior is spacious and it is a serious rival to the class leading Ford Mondeo Estate.20 January 2014
Mazda Mazda6 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mazda Mazda6 Tourer 2.2D 150ps Sport Nav|
|Body Type||5-door Estate|
|Colour||Soul Red Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||116 g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||74.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-stars|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 20/01/14)||£26,695|