Mazda 6 Wagon Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price
- Car Reviews,
- Jun 21, 2020
It is true that Aussies prefer long sedans and especially SUVs from some time now, and that wagons have become more of a rarity niche in the country. But that does not mean that wagons have lost their place completely. In fact, there are still several options available for families who prefer dynamic wagons over the high-riding SUVs.
Well, a station wagon is a sure sign that loosely translates to ‘new family’ and can be associated with a robust engine, ample space, and automatic transmission. Traditional wagons that have been around for some years are considered to be old fashioned today in the cities, but there are companies like Mazda that have retained a style and comfort in the station wagons range.
Mazda has been known to produce many high selling SUVs and sedans, like the famous CX-3 but the Japanese car manufacturing company has some great alternate options when it comes to wagons. The Mazda 6 wagon is one such option that has been around for some time and is immensely popular among Australian families.
Mazda has a rock-solid reputation of producing reliable vehicles from day one, encompassing the latest technology and ensuring the highest quality in the cars that they produce.
Mazda 6 Wagon: Overview
The Mazda 6 is a mid-size wagon which is one of the most popular cars ever produced by the company, known as the Atenza in Japan. Its production started in 2002 and marked the starting of Mazda’s philosophy for bringing stylish and spirited cars to its customers globally.
The Mazda 6 wagon is sold globally and is extraordinarily successful in Japan, North America, Europe, and Australia. Here in Australia, the Mazda 6 is sold in varying models and variants. The four grades that are offered with the Mazda 6 Wagon 2019 are: Mazda 6 Sport, which is the base model and applies some of the basic features; Mazda 6 Touring which follows after the Sport model and adds on some additional features like leather seats and LED daytime running lamps; Mazda 6 GT after that and then the Mazda 6 Atenza which is the premium most variant.
All of the grades come loaded with Mazda’s standard 6-speed automatic transmission known as SkyActiv, which is found to reduce fuel consumption when compared with the previous version of all Mazda cars.
Mazda 6 Wagon Specifications
In the Mazda 6 Wagon 2019 models that were introduced, the most notable change was that of the engine which came in yet again different variants attached to the different grades mentioned above. Here in Australia, the Mazda 6 comes in the following engine types:
The basic Mazda 6 Wagon with 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine capable of producing 138kW of power and 250 Nm of torque. The Mazda 6 Wagon turbo with 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G four-cylinder Turbocharged engine, also in petrol which produces an impressive 170 kW of power and420 Nm of torque. The Mazda 6 diesel Wagon with the 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine which produces 129 kW of power and 420 Nm of torque.
Previously, you might have seen the five-door hatchback versions of the Mazda 6 which have been discontinued in the Mazda 6 Wagon 2019, to be replaced with the Sport, Touring, GT and Atenza models.
When you compare these outstanding engine specifications with other notable rivals, such as the Peugeot 508, Mercedes C300 or the BMW 330i, you will notice that the Mazda 6 is more capable of producing torque than these high-level brands. The turbocharged engine is an ingenious addition, which required minimal effort in motoring. Even the slightest nudge of the foot on the accelerator sends the Wagon off. However, the simple base engine may leave you asking for more power.
The new Mazda 6 Wagon 2019 also offers a Sports mode switch which further enhances the in-gear acceleration and the responsiveness of the car, but also makes the engine noisier. The steering wheel features paddle-shift gears for you to take over the gear changes, but we suggest that you let the six-speed automatic transmission do the work for you, which it does perfectly.
The Mazda 6 is tested to give 100 km using almost 7.5 liters of petrol, on highways, and can go up to 13 liters per 100 km if driven with a heavy foot.
Mazda 6 Wagon Features
First, we list down the standard features that are included in all the variants of the Mazda 6 starting from the Sport mode. These include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, lane-keeping assistance, a rearview camera, and LED lamps to name a few of the most important ones. The Mazda 6 Touring Wagon includes all these features plus a few more such as leather seats, keyless entry and pushes to start button, parking sensors, BOSE speakers, and seat adjustment control for the front seats.
Next in line, the Mazda 6 GT Wagon applies heated and ventilated seats, rear included 19-inch alloy wheels parking sensors in addition to the features which are found in the Sport and Touring modes.
The top of the line Atenza, which has a Mazda 6 Wagon price tag of almost $50,000, almost $4,000 additional from the GT Wagon, has everything from the previous modes and some exciting additions as well. These include adaptive LED lights, heated steering wheel, 360-degree surround view, and a sunroof.
Mazda 6 Wagon Review
The Mazda 6 Wagon is without doubt one of the most popular models in the mid-sized sedan segment. It offers much more flexibility in driving than an SUV and is considerably lighter in the pocket when it comes to fuel consumption. The cabin is spacious with ample space in the boot to load up as much stuff as you can without any worry. Though it is not a great option if you are considering going off-road, it still provides a strong performance on-road and you cannot help but agree with the practicality that it offers. The Atenza’s cabin is especially very elegant and you feel posh just sitting inside, plus the noise cancellation is great.