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Rivervale Reviews the 2018 Mazda 6

Rivervale Reviews the 2018 Mazda 6

Mazda fans, your prayers have been heard, and the answer is here. The new Mazda 6 is now available!

For those who remember last year Mazda 6, it wasn’t particularly attractive; it had a slightly dull body and cabin and wasn’t very exciting to drive.

That’s not the case this year.

The updated 2018 Mazda 6 is a larger, more handsome and more powerful version of its predecessor. It has more passenger space, a better quality cabin, better engines and an improved interior, making it one of the best family cars in the market.

Our Account Manager, Abbie, took a look around the 2018 Mazda 6…

Powerful Engine ✅
The Mazda 6 has always been a fun car to drive, but adjustments to its brakes and tweaks to its suspension have made it even more so. Yes, it’s a large vehicle to handle, but despite its weight and size, the Mazda 6 is very agile around corners, and long bends, even when you up the speed. It's not like BMW M3, which is considerably much smoother to drive, but updates to the car's brakes and suspensions make it easier to drive, especially when you compare it to last years model.

In addition, Mazda 6 is one of the most powerful vehicles in its range, thanks to its 2.5-litre petrol engine, which produces 0-62 in under 9 seconds when using its 194 BPH. With a mixture of motorway mileage and travelling in the city, we found out that the vehicle performs at its best when out on the motorway, as the car overtakes other vehicles with ease. The steering feels light and accurate and you won’t be startled by the sound the car makes when your driving at higher speeds, which makes driving it effortless.

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Elegant Exterior ✅
The outside of the new Mazda 6 is striking, with its aggressive stance and low profile coupled with its amazing and sleek paint job makes it incredibly appealing and unique.

Standard features can be seen in the table below;

Mazda 6 Exterior

New LED headlights Standard ✅
New bumpers Standard ✅
Fog lights Standard ✅
Redesigned grille Standard ✅
Boot lid Standard ✅
Stunning 19-inch alloy wheels Standard ✅
Privacy glass Standard ✅
Privacy glass Standard ✅

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Improved Interior ✅
The one noticeable change from the last model - and one that will be particularly welcomed amongst drivers - is there aren’t too many buttons to get confused by. The boot is also reasonably spacious and can carry up to 480 litres. However, when compared to its rivals - the Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb - the boot size leaves much to be desired.

But bear in mind, practicality - or how economical a car is - isn’t determined by a cars boot capacity. Thankfully, you can find a pair of handles in the boot for folding down the rear seats, which means you’ll have room to fit in longer items. Maximum capacity in the Mazda 6 is 1,632 (with the rear seats lowered) - which is enough to compete with any of its rivals.

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Standard features can be seen in the table below;

Mazda 6 Interior

Auto-dimming rear view mirror Standard ✅
Electronic parking brake with auto-hold Standard ✅
Driver seat slide, recline and height adjustment - Manual adjustment Standard ✅
Driver's seat lumbar support - Manual adjustment Standard ✅
The leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob Standard ✅
Meter set display - Colour TFT Standard ✅
Passenger seat slide, recline and height adjustment - Manual adjustment Standard ✅
Rear Centre Armrest W/ 2 x Cup Holders and 2 x USB Inputs Standard ✅
Scuff plates Standard ✅
Seat trim - Premium black cloth Standard ✅
Windscreen-projected Active Driving Display Standard ✅

Enhanced Technology ✅
Mazda has included an 8-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, which makes navigation simple and quick. Of course, swiping, sliding and tapping your fingers might be incredibly speedy, but the smudges that get left behind aren’t so appealing, so do your best to keep it in tip-top condition.

The latest generation Mazda 6 has also been fitted with one of the most intuitive remote start and keyless entry systems we’ve come across. No longer do you need to worry about wasting time and energy fumbling around for your keys when your hands are full or when you're in a hurry - their keyless entry system makes it easier for you to get to work on time, or whenever you need to get to another location.

Another pretty neat feature is the integration of the rear reversing 360 camera which helps to eliminate the blind spots behind the vehicle and allows the driver to see areas which cannot be seen by a rear view mirror. Its an incredibly useful device especially when you’re confronted with the challenge of having to squeeze your way into a tight parking space. All you have to do, is simply, follow the instructions and you no longer need to rely on your best mate having to tell you instructions when it comes to judging the distance between your car and the vehicle parked behind you. This combined with the cars eight separate parking sensors helps detect if your car is getting too close to obstacles and stay safer while on the road.

Standard features can be in the table below;

Enhanced technology

Aha™ app and Stitcher™ app integration for Internet radio, Facebook and Twitter functionality Standard ✅
AM/FM/DAB Radio with single CD Player Standard ✅
Auxiliary (AUX) and USB inputs Standard ✅
Integrated Bluetooth® including internet app integration Standard ✅
Mazda Navigation System with 3-years free European map updates Standard ✅
Multimedia Commander including separate volume dial Standard ✅
Steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth® controls Standard ✅
Heater steering wheel Standard ✅
Surround sound system Standard ✅
Radar cruise control Standard ✅
Electric glass sunroof Standard ✅
Four leather heated seats Standard ✅

Mazda 6 Trim Levels
Altogether, there are 25 models across four trim levels: SE-L Nav+, SE-L LUX Nav+, Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+ (the model we tested) to select from.

Rivervale Verdict
While there have been major improvements to the infotainment systems hence the new touchscreen application, it can be quite difficult to keep it fingerprint-free, especially because it is black and glossy, so you may find yourself cleaning it often in order to keep it in pristine condition. In spite of this small issue, it is a great drive and still on par - if not better - with its rivals, making it the ideal family car in 2018.

Prices for the Mazda 6 starts at £23,195 and can run up to £33,585.

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