The interior is to a car what words are for people. A simple face to face conversation is enough to let you know who somebody is, but only if that someone is honest with you. Alas, cars are like people and like to deceive on many occasions. Well, the cabin of the Mazda6 can't tell a lie. This is an honest environment and confesses the car's character from the very beginning.
Get inside the car with your eyes and ears wide open and, once you two have connected, you'll hear it whispering: The Mazda6 is a very dependable car with a few sporty ambitions and can provide pretty good comfort.
Let's take the interior dimensions for example. Mazda wanted the vehicle to be more appealing now, so don't expect to find more room inside it than in the previous generation. The 2014 Mazda6 is, in fact, a tiny bit tighter inside than its predecessor, but this still places it within the class average and allows it to cater to most of your needs.
However, it’s a bit intriguing how such a car received an interior that’s not even close to the exterior in terms of design revolution.
Nevertheless, there are many nice parts to the cabin of the Mazda6 and we’ll start with the materials. Unlike many of its rivals and sometimes even cars belonging to superior segments, the Mazda6 doesn't try to simulate luxurious fittings using modest materials.
For example, the vast climate control area
on the center console may not look like the latest development on the market, but its dark glass-like plastic cover makes it pleasant.
The arrangement had to be a bit sporty but this didn't bring exaggerations. Instead, the shapes themselves give you this impression without saying it directly.
When talking about ergonomics, we'll stick to eight out of ten points. The Mazda6 certainly likes knobs and we approve this. However, it does take a while to get used to controlling the navigation
either by touching it, using the buttons next to it or relying on the big knob
placed on the center console for this.
What we didn't like when it came to ergonomics was the cluttered button arrangement on an otherwise brilliant steering wheel
. And as for the paddles attached to it, these may use the worst plastic inside the car, but they're attached to a system that works well and have the perfect position.
Yes, we know the whole dashboard is borrowed from the CX-5 crossover, but we won't complain too much about this. However, we did dislike the fact that the aforementioned dark plastic was also used around the gear shifter, where it quickly gets invaded by all sorts of scratches.
Our greatest gripe with the cabin was the size of the infotainment screen, but we'll play with its functions in the Gadgets
This is it, we couldn't find any other important bothering parts of the interior. We've got to end this chapter somehow though and we'll use the luggage compartment to do this. The 17.1 cubic feet (484 liters) volume is a god value, but it's still a tad smaller than that of its predecessor. Nevertheless, the good access comes to save the day.Continue reading