2017 Mazda6 Atenza Sedan Review

2017 Mazda6 Atenza Road Test and Review…

If you’ve decided to buck the trend and buy a sedan instead of a midsize SUV, take a look at the 2017 Mazda6 Atenza. It’s refined, nicely engineered, charming and satisfying. That’s been my experience, and the more I drove the Mazda6, the more I liked it.

Take a look at the sleek lines of the latest update, a smoothly flowing profile that is somehow Jaguar. Or maybe a little bit BMW, with a nod to Mazda‘s current design language … from any angle it looks like motion captured in time.

The cabin is a delight.

Everything is well sorted, and the upholstery in the review car was finished in a striking off-white, very effective against the black carpet and trim. The infotainment system is intuitive and easy to negotiate, and boasts the usual choices including DAB, while Bluetooth pairing with your mobile couldn’t be easier.

The head-up display shows the speed you are travelling at as well as the speed limit. And the active safety features include a warning announcement if the car is approaching a red light or speed camera too fast. A calm but insistent voice tells the driver to slow down, and it certainly gets your attention!

Recently on the Behind the Wheel radio show and podcast, we compared the 2017 model with the 12 year old Mazda6 owned by reviewer Rachel Franco. It’s surprising how similar they are in many ways… build quality, fit and finish, reliability… that sort of thing.

The engine now is a 2.5 litre 4 cylinder, up from 2.3 litres, both are naturally aspirated.

Fuel economy has improved, these days the figure is a claimed 6.6 per 100 kilometres, and nowadays the car runs on 91 RON fuel, not the more expensive 95 or 98.

The Mazda6 is sure footed, handling and cornering remains predictable whether on winding tracks, a freeway or in the city.

Acceleration is sprightly enough, 0-100kph in just under 8 seconds.

As mentioned, the Mazda6 is a mid-sized sedan - similar in size to the Toyota Camry, and if you are contemplating an SUV instead for greater storage space, check out to the car’s boot. It’s huge. At one stage I easily fitted in 3 X 15 kilo bags of pet food, a medium size suitcase, golf clubs and cart, with some room to spare.

If you do buck the trend and opt for a car instead of the equivalent SUV, it is well worth taking the 2017 Mazda6 Atenza for a test drive. It’s a refined package, with a formula that has worked well for a long time.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Mazda6 Atenza

Engine: 2.5 litre petrol delivering 138kW and 250Nm

Transmission: Six-speed Automatic

Safety:Five Stars

Warranty: 3 years/Unlimited kilometres

Origin; Japan

Price: From $45,390

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