Despite the fact that urban driving isn't placed at the top of the Mazda6's priorities, the car treats this task with the determination of a manager who's putting his latest conquest plan into action.
Most of the times when you put four-cylinder oil burners through the hustle of performing the entire repertoire required by city driving, this exposes their lack of refinement. Fortunately, this is not the case here.
Once the engine gets up to temperature, a quick process, it won't make you feel like you've made a compromise by choosing it over a petrol.
The six-speed auto always finds the right gear, both when you're moving along slowly in the morning traffic and when you're using the full torque of the twin-turbo diesel because you're late for your date.
As for the chassis, this is agile enough to cope with the swift maneuvers required by such a delicate situation.
And when you get there, you just know she's going to be watching you as you park. Don't worry though, there's a reversing camera assisting the front and rear sensors. Speaking of the latter, the calibration is very useful, offering you many areas so that you can always have confidence. The sensors won't spare you from buying her flowers though.
Mazda has even placed a Tamagotchi inside the dashboard instrument on the right. The display placed here can show us when the regenerative braking is working and how much of the system's capacity we've recharged or used. Inside the city, where you always have to slow down, this makes you feel like you're driving a hybrid. Of course, the system's contribution isn't even close to that of a hybrid, but it is a fun and useful toy.
We've only got a few blocks to drive with our foot off the throttle in order to fill up its meter. The electricity nutrition process starts the second you lift off the gas, but that pesky red traffic light up ahead means we have to waste this session. We hope the penalty for not fully feeding your virtual pet isn't that harsh.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
I don't think any car we drove has made me become undecided so far, but this Mazda6 has managed to achieve this. Personally, I hate it, because all this refinement actually means that I can't enjoy my favorite diesel rattle when I'm driving it. Seriously, what diesel is this if I don't feel it shaking when I park? Anyway, the idea is that I also love the Mazda6 diesel, thanks to the fact that I can now show the finger to all those claiming that gasoline offers a “cleaner” experience. This Japanese doesn't even need special Nox filtering you douche bags!
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