Mazda 6 2.5 Sportive, Mini Quiz (II)
In the first part of this Mini Quiz I have spoken to some general characteristics of equipment and ergonomics and habitability of the Mazda 6. In this second part we will focus on its dynamic behavior and potential rivals. This test is about the Mazda 6 engine equipped with the 2.5 petrol and 170 hp power. My partner Oscar and tested the 163 hp turbodiesel version, so for specific details can go to their version of events.
Beginning small technical review, the 170 hp 2.5 engine is no portent of technology. Has four cylinders of a major unit capacity as the total displacement of 2488 cc is, each cylinder has a unitary displacement of 622 cc. Develops maximum power at 6,000 rpm, the injection cut is 6,700 rpm. The maximum torque of the engine intake air is 226 Nm at 4000 rpm. Its electronic fuel injection system is of indirect type.
Has four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, but no novel beyond said technology. It is an engine that still remains today, has been overtaken by direct injection, downsizing, energy recovery, etc. The good thing about all this is that We know it will be a reliable and durable block. Lasting because its specific power is 68 hp / liter, which might consider a little tight engine for what, exceptions like Toyota is customary today in its segment.
The engine is mounted transversely forward position and propels the front wheels only. Power is transmitted via a manual gearbox six relations with balanced development for a car of its features. Our test unit wore Bridgestone Potenza tires 225/45 R18 measures. One of the important details of this Mazda 6 is that it is fairly light compared to its competition, only weighs 1,455 kg.
It is lighter than Mazda 6 it replaces, mainly through the use of high strength steels and other lightweight materials. In an industry that increasingly tends to heavier cars, the Mazda 6 has managed to be lighter, safer than its predecessor, and be more equipped. A detail that ultimately shows in consumption, which are not excessively high. The average is 8.0 l / 100 km, 6.3 l / 100 km on the highway and 11.1 l / 100 km in town. CO2 emissions are weighted 186 g / km.
Driving the Mazda 6 2.5 Sportive
With respect to diesel engines first thing I notice is that engine vibrations are hardly noticeable I idling, one of the most cast cars less turbodiesel details. We start from the beginning and I notice that the engine has a lot of strength from 1,000 rpm, with instant response and in a sporting manner. Pressing the accelerator and pull propeller noticed and began to gain speed at a very significant pace.
In switching gears start to appreciate the Touch magnificent gearbox: The lever is very short, very precise and with a mechanical general feeling that few cars have traveled, and yes, I mean the Japanese in general. As we sped the engine sound becomes louder, more raucous sounds "fat", as it somehow. The medium speed (4000-6000 rpm) is the comfort zone, and which must move to advance or sporty driving.
The engine stretches more, to cut nearly 6,700 rpm, but the problem is that the regime has lost power, note that pushes considerably less. In that sense, it is similar to a turbo engine of small displacement - dies at high speed - although small turbo have not as linear and explosive from the same idle response, need some time to pressure turbo boost increase and start to force more air into the cylinders.
One of the dynamic developments of the Mazda 6 2010 is that its suspension ratings was slightly softened. It is a comfortable car and noticed that supports strong body sways ostensibly. This does not mean that your suspension is soft, in fact firmly under normal conditions, but very well filtered potholes and the occupants hardly notice it. This has great merit as low profile tires and 18-inch wheels are usually not the best for potholes.
provides a feeling very correct strength. In behavior, the first thing I notice is that management has a great response to the driver, as he had never noticed in a saloon. A Toyota Avensis for example leaves almost informative margin. Management has an average attendance, and is very accurate, although I found it somewhat lightly. This is logical since a diesel engine is heavier than an atmospheric gas, and makes pressure on the front axle, which in our case goes released.
It's a car with a very funny behavior. Cornering is agile and good tire grip it shows. The car has a safe response and control stability outrages cuts all so very little intrusive. We know it's working because the light flashes on the dashboard, but do not notice that we withhold or brake abruptly. The rear axle is playful the "hollowing out" in support, trying to get out of control, but always maintaining a safety reserve.
The ESP will save us and mild contravolanteo will be all you have to do. When overtaking, it is convenient to put the engine in its power zone and maximum torque as a turbodiesel has more than 50% extra torque and the throttle from behind a truck we note that we lack some strength. If we go down a couple of gears and accelerate thoroughly 2.5 will bring all his muscle to light and will advance without problem with a sound worthy of praise.
The Mazda 6 2.5 Sportive takes Serial adaptive bend lighting, although somewhat slow in fast cornering is a very important plus active safety, especially to be linked to some powerful bi-xenon headlamps. As well detects vehicles in our deadlocked, or circulating intending to stay ahead. Works surprisingly well, it does not go crazy on narrow roads or in traffic jams. Light glows with our rearview mirror to realizing the danger.
In this light Mazda 3 is mounted behind the rearview mirror, where it seemed more visible, frankly. If we activate the flashing warning lit with a loud beep deters us to move lanes. Cruise control is not adaptive, works satisfactorily.
I have been surprised consumption of Mazda 6 2.5, if I'm honest. In a cycle highway about 130 km / h on average I obtained a average consumption of 6.7 l / 100 km about 180 km, consuming most commendable. In town I saw figures moving around 12 l / 100 km and quiet ride about 90-100 km / h can be obtained averages slightly below 6 l / 100 km. The average of all the evidence, including quite agile and sporty driving was 9.5 l / 100 km.
Prices and rivals
The Mazda 6 2.5 Sportive It costs € 28,100, with extras from our unit is put in € 30,300, a very reasonable for the amount of equipment that is priceless. The truth is that it is a car without too many rivals with this engine and power, the Mazda 6 equipped with the 2.0 has much more competition, but not for us right now. One of the first to come to mind is the Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI, 160 horsepower, turbocharged but has a higher performance and torque.
Record consumption is 6.9 l / 100 km and comes well equipped in the Highline finished, although we'll have to leave 37,000 € to match the equipment Passat. A very similar rival in conception is the Suzuki Kizashi 2.4 Sport 178 hp. It comes as equipped as the Mazda 6 and has an identical base price. Even without adaptive lighting or warning deadlocked if you have a City Safety collision avoidance system. Cost 28,730 € and has performance and consumption almost traced the Mazda 6.
Another rival, turbocharged engine as the Passat, is the Opel Insignia 1.6 Turbo with 180 hp. Its performance is only slightly higher than the Mazda 6 and their average consumption is only 0.3 l / 100 km less than the Mazda. It has a good interior finishes and very similar to the Japanese trunk. However, we must allow ourselves € 33,000 to match the equipment, and we must take into account their different character to have a turbo nearly a liter less displacement than the Mazda 6 engine.
And finally, the Seat Exeo engine 1.8 TSI 160 hp, with superior performance and the Mazda consumption of only 7.3 l / 100 km, although turbogasolina engines are always consuming more than declared in reality. It is an Audi A4 B7 in the background and has very good finishes, as well as a possibility of customization and features never before seen in a Seat. The problem is that it will cost almost 32,000 € equal equipment with Mazda.
Are you interested in versus 2.2 CRTD 163 hp?
Our calculations indicate that It compensates for diesel from 100,000 km At current fuel prices and making calculations based on consumption tab. We must take into account the increased reliability a priori of gasoline and the fact that revisions and possible breakdowns will always be more affordable. Mind you, I'm not belittling the diesel engine, in fact I think one of the best on the market, and the election will not be bad we decant by a motor or another.
Then we must also take into account the nice touch of petrol and its operation, It is able to move from 5,000 rpm and others less economic benefits we all know. In the end, the decision is personal. For us it is a highly recommended vehicle with a value frankly unbeatable, even at the cost of a policy very tight equipment and options that leaves no room for customization.
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