Mazda 6 GT 2.5T Sedan

New car review.

SUVS dominate the sales charts and new models just keep coming. So, it was a welcome change to test a sedan, especially a medium-size car as sophisticated and polished as the recently updated Mazda6, here in GT specification.

Sitting just below the flagship Atenza, the GT is the cheapest model in the range with the newly introduced 170kW, 2.5-litre turbo-petrol engine in lieu of the normally-aspirated engine of the lower specifications. If the practicality of a station wagon matches your motoring needs better, then Mazda can oblige for $1,300 on top of the sedan price of any grade.

There’s not much to dislike about the GT, but let’s get the grievances done and dusted. We don’t like space saver ‘spares’, there are no cargo tie-eyes in the boot, and the ‘gooseneck’ style boot hinges, ‘concealed’ behind the side trim panels, intrude into the generous boot. And surprisingly, Mazda don’t fit an inductive (cordless) phone charging pad. Now onto the good stuff.

The GT, like the rest of its siblings, is equipped with a healthy list of advanced driver assistance safety technology including adaptive front lighting, forward obstruction warning, intelligent speed assist, radar cruise control with stop-go function, lane-keep assist, lane -departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, driver attention alert, high-beam control, speed/traffic sign recognition, rear cross-traffic alert and the full Smart City Brake support suite (a smarter form of AEB).

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The cabin is thoughtfully laid out with near perfectly located control stalks, an easy and intuitive to use infotainment system, and a heads-up display projecting information onto the lower windscreen in front of the driver including turn-by-turn navigation, blind-spot warnings, and speed/traffic sign recognition information. The Mazda6 is well finished throughout. The interior in particular has a premium quality look and feel with plenty of soft-touch trims, use of real (not moulded in) stitching detail and brushed-metal look inserts.

The turbo engine is lag-free, effortless and linear in its response making it deceptively quick. But don’t expect that shove-in-the-back rush of speed some turbo cars deliver. It makes good use of its 420Nm of torque and combined with the smooth six-speed auto, driveability is excellent.

Road manners are sophisticated, balancing a firm but still supple and controlled ride with engaging and reassuringly capable handling. Body roll is well controlled, while the steering is pleasantly light and consistent, and like the nicely balanced chassis, communicative.

KEY STATS

  • MLP: $43,990 (excludes on-road costs)
  • ENGINE: 2.5-litre, turbo-petrol 4-cyl
  • ANCAP SAFETY RATING: 5 stars
  • TAILPIPE CO2 (g/km): 184

FOR:

  • Engine performance, sophisticated road manners, premium quality finish, equipment levels, user friendly.

AGAINST:

  • Space saver spare, no load tie points, boot hinges intrude, no inductive phone charging.

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