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Mazda6 Atenza Diesel Wagon (2013)
Mazda6 has always been highly regarded and a leading light in the mid-size segment, and the latest model raises the bar significantly higher.
Our Atenza diesel wagon test vehicle impressed as an enjoyable to drive and classy package, and we were sad to hand it back at the end of a week of testing.
Listing for near $51k, the top specification Atenza isn’t exactly cheap, but there’s a plentiful standard features list and a bundle of advanced safety technologies collectively dubbed iActivesense by Mazda.
It includes active cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, high-beam control, rear cross-traffic alert and Mazda’s autonomous braking/forward obstruction warning system, Smart Brake Support.
The 2.5-litre Skyactiv petrol engine performs solidly, but the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel is an even stronger performer. It, too, features Skyactiv stop/start and iELoop brake energy regeneration, plus an ultra-low (by diesel standards) 14:1 compression ratio, all to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. And now, with a standard six-speed auto, wider appeal for the ‘oiler’ should be assured.
Ride and handling are very sophisticated, though the new electric power-steering doesn’t quite have the road feel of the old model, more apparent at lower speeds. There’s good space inside both for passengers and cargo.
Safety, enjoyable to drive, quality, fuel consumption, space
Price, temporary use spare
Dual climate-control, 19” alloys, keyless entry/start, bluetooth, Bose 231-watt audio system, power sunroof, leather trim, power and heated front seats, bi-xenon adaptive headlamps, reversing camera, park sensors
Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability/traction control
||6 Atenza Diesel Wagon
||Medium Over $50,000
|Price when new
||$50,960 (auto) MLP
|Current price range
$ - $
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||2.2-litre, common-rail turbo diesel Skyactiv-D 4-cyl
||129kW @ 4500rpm
||420Nm @ 2000rpm
||5.4 litres/100 km
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