2013 Mazda 6 Skyactiv 2.0 petrol 165hp
Peerless for the money!
Not a thing since it was delivered new in -24C at the end of this January.
My fourth Mazda 6 in a row from new.
This is the new generation Skyactiv petrol saloon/sedan model, and whilst I would've preferred to stay with a hatchback, Mazda only offers saloon or wagon models.
It is a wonderful car to drive; despite its size it feels agile and responsive. The gearbox is fantastic, very low noise levels indeed, the suspension is comfortable, as are the seats. Excellent lights and heating/AC system.
These days in Europe many are persuaded to want diesel, but I question this. The new Skyactiv petrol is a hugely impressive piece of engineering; very quiet, lively, and simply staggering fuel economy for a big car. On a trip with careful driving not over 80km/hr I managed 4.8 l/100! You can get 5.5l/100 no problems, and even when you drive it fast, long trips are never more than 6.0/100. This has really astounded me, but I do use 98 octane; maybe that helps?
Any downsides? You need to check the oil levels every week or so as it has some thirst for it, but not much. Some moan about lack of door pocket space, but it takes a 60cl bottle, who wants to lug around bottles of stuff? The interior lights all come on; on the previous model you could shut off the front ones and just illuminate the back, minor though.
This car looks beautiful in Pearlescent white and is a total gem to drive; I'm completely satisfied.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd September, 2014