2017 Mazda6 Tourer first drive review
It may not have changed much on the outside, but the new technology changes will make a big difference...
- Debut of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control torque distribution kit
- Quieter engine, quieter cabin, new steering wheel
- On sale now, starting at £19,795, first cars due October 1
There are however a few visual amendments to be found if you look hard enough. The 2017MY Mazda6 gets fresh dials in the instrument cluster and a newly designed steering wheel that will make its way into other Mazda products before long. But this revision is not about the looks.
Instead, it’s about two pieces of technology. Mazda is making a big deal of G-Vectoring Control (GVC) – its take on torque vectoring. Essentially, it transfers weight onto the front axle, improving grip, reducing understeer and generally making the driver feel more competent. When driving in a straight line, you need fewer minor steering corrections with GVC than without.
The diesel engine also gains a 'Natural Sound Smoother', which reduces noise and vibration at a certain frequency. It’s seemingly a tiny update, but it has massive beneficial effects on the 6’s refinement levels.
Other than GVC and the noise-cancelling engine gizmo, the Mazda6 line-up is familiar stuff. There’s a saloon and the attractive Tourer estate, with a 2.0-litre petrol engine offered, and a 2.2-litre turbodiesel – both with two power offerings – and either six-speed manual or automatic. Trim lines run SE, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav.
As to the GVC, you won’t know it’s there, but it’s been designed that way. There’s very little understeer with the 6, and if you’re loping along a motorway, it feels like a thoroughly expensive, luxurious executive car. You can’t turn the GVC off, so we can’t tell you that the Mazda is better with it fitted, but we would say the revised 6 is a belting large family motor that deserves serious consideration.
- Model: Mazda6 2.2 SkyActiv-D Tourer SE-L Nav with GVC
- Price: £24,795
- Engine: 2.2 litre diesel, six-speed manual
- Power/Torque: 148bhp/280lb ft
- 0-62mph: 9.2secs
- Top speed: 130mph
- Economy: 67.3mpg
- CO2/BIK tax liability: 110g/km/22%
- Boot space: 522 – 1,648 litres