Mazda has improved the fuel economy and CO2 emissions of its SKYACTIV Diesel-powered Mazda6 saloon to make it an even more attractive proposition in the UK market. Well, attractive to fleet drivers and those who want to save some cash. At any rate, the car does rather well.
Mazda6 SKYACTIV Diesel boasts a powerful 150ps four-cylinder engine, paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, whose emissions have been lowered by four per cent from 108g/km to 104g/km with a corresponding improvement in fuel economy taking the combined cycle figure from 67.3mpg to 72.4mpg.
The same applies to the Mazda6 Tourer estate, but with that model emissions are reduced by five per cent to 110g/km from 116g/km and economy improves from 64.2mpg to 67.3mpg. Both models, or rather their drivers, can now enjoy lower road tax.
Mazda is adamant that the improvements have been made without sacrificing Mazda’s renowned fun-to-drive characteristics. The fact that they didn’t go the downsizing route to achieve the new economy goals shows they didn’t want to compromise the performance of the Mazda6, which is one of its strong points.
Still, if you don’t like this one, the car is offered with a choice of 36 saloon and tourer models with three equipment levels (SE, SE-L and Sport – with or without Satellite Navigation) and four high-efficiency SKYACTIV diesel and petrol powertrains. Prices range from £19,595 to £28,295 (on-the-road). You will find one in there somewhere that suits you.