You need to watch out for the low swooping roof line as both front and rear seat passengers complained that they bumped their heads getting in although getting out of the Mazda6 is an easier affair.
The driver's seat on the Mazda6 SL model is electrically powered with 3 memories so finding the ideal driving position is easy. The front passenger seat is also powered but is not equipped with the memory function.
The steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach. Mazda has worked on the steering wheel to bring the top of the steering wheel nearer to the driver making it more efficient to steer as the driver moves their shoulders less when turning and their arms are better positioned when gripping the top and bottom of the steering wheel.
Even the gear stick's position is inspired by Mazda's sports car models and is now placed 32 mm higher and 22 mm closer to the driver than before, allowing for easier gear selection.
The heated front seats have been engineered to be more comfortable with optimised cushion contours and seatbacks that are designed to provide good lumbar support for long distance comfort, and optimised side panels for good support.
All round vision is fairly good and parking is fairly easy, although for some reason the boot required some thought although there are all round parking sensors which use four ultrasonic sensors in each bumper to detect obstacles in your blind spots.
We were driving a booted four door car which does not have the versatility of the hatchback but gains the rigidity and security of a 519 litre boot. You might like to look at the hatchback or the estate if you need to carry larger loads.Safety and Security
The new Mazda6 has recently been awarded five stars by EuroNCAP which is good news.
There are the usual six airbags plus brake and clutch pedals that do not intrude into the cabin during frontal impact to help prevent leg injuries. Front seat occupants benefit from seat pre-tensioners and active front head restraints which lower the load on front seat occupants' necks during a rear impact.
Each rear outside seat has ISOFIX child safety seat anchors and top tethers and the cabin features impact-absorbing trim on the pillars and roof side rails to help mitigate head injuries during a serious collision.
On the Mazda6's Sports and Luxury trimmed models you benefit from a tyre pressure monitoring system that helps prevent tyre pressure from becoming too low or high, for optimised fuel consumption and for better protection against possible blow-out.
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