MAZDA has long had a romance with weird names and foreign terms, all of its recent models having built-in ‘zoom-zoom’ and ‘skyactiv technology’ and its mid-sized Mazda6 also reflects the brand’s ‘tireless pursuit of ‘Jinba-Ittai’.
That’s clearly a Japanese term and it translates to ‘a sense of connection between car and driver.’
We drove the latest Mazda6 wagon, and agree that it’s an accurate term.
One of the best-looking of the relatively few wagons on the road, it slots into the 6 line-up in a range of four models: Sport, Touring, GT and Atenza and with petrol or diesel power.
A similar scenario applies to the Mazda6 sedan.
Wagons make a lot of sense, especially in a world now dominated by SUVs.
Wagons are much more car-like, therefore they handle better than the high-riding SUVs, have better aerodynamics, hence superior fuel efficiency and they’re more flexible, with the best-possible mix of comfort and space.
Interestingly, the 6 wagon is marginally shorter overall than the sedan – by 64mm – but it has quite a bit more cargo room: 506litres, or a massive 1648litres with the back seats folded flat.
In addition, it has slick one-touch seat-folding and an auto-retracting cargo blind.
The entire range comes with a smooth six-speed automatic transmission, and prices range from $33,790 for the Sport petrol wagon to $49,540 for the Atenza with diesel power.
Our diesel Touring wagon was $41,440, just $2850 up on the petrol version.
Standard fitment to the range includes automated emergency braking, a reversing camera, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and a colour multimedia display with sat nav, DAB+ digital radio and the obligatory Apple and Android links.
In addition, the Touring is blessed with leather trim, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, front parking sensors and LED headlights.