SUVs and crossovers are popular these days, which is why it isn’t surprising that midsize executive sedans like the Mazda 6 aren’t receiving the attention they deserve. For 2020, Mazda Philippines has decided to drop the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine for the sedan in favor of an all turbocharged lineup. This is the 2.2-liter turbodiesel variant, which combines luxury, power, efficiency and sportiness, and offers plenty of reasons this car deserves your attention.
This is the second face-lift that the Mazda 6 has received during its lifetime, yet as far as face-lifts go, the 2020 Mazda 6 is a stellar effort. It bears a strong resemblance with the Vision Coupe Concept thanks to numerous design elements that blend extremely well with a design that first came out in 2014. Mazda says its adaptive LED headlights are already so good, it negates the need for foglights, giving the car’s fascia a cleaner look. The sleek side profile remains unchanged while the rear gets a new pair of full LED taillights and a revised rear bumper.
Mazda’s pursuit of offering a premium experience is further evident inside. Mazda’s “beauty through subtraction” approach has resulted in a tastefully-designed minimalist interior that can give premium brands a real run for their money. Numerous surfaces are either trimmed in Nappa Leather, Ultrasuede or real Japanese Sen wood. Equally elegant is the new 7-inch digital gauge cluster that resembles a classy smartwatch’s face.
Mazdas are all about the driver, therefore most of the space and amenities are focused towards the front. These include power-adjustable front seats with ventilation, a large head-up display and 11-speaker Bose sound system, among other features. Meanwhile, space at the back is good enough though some rivals offer more space. Trunk space is also of a reasonable 480 liters, which is average for the segment.
For those who want the benefits of both performance and fuel economy, I truly recommend this diesel engine, which produces 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque—an increase of 15 hp and 30 Nm over its previous iteration.
The expected turbo lag when accelerating from a standstill is there, but it’s minimal and few and far between. Once boost kicks in, occupants are pushed back to their seats. The 6-speed automatic transmission smoothly adjusts accordingly, letting the car accelerate relentlessly. It’s also supremely quiet, which left numerous gas station attendants scratching their heads whenever I ask for diesel fuel. Oh, and as for fuel economy, the Mazda 6 easily achieves more than 13 km/l.
The Mazda 6 is also a willing dance partner with its improved electric power steering that provides better feel and response though it attacks corners with smoothness and composure rather than all-out agility. It’s all deliberate, though, because after all, midsize sedans cater to a crowd that seeks for long-distance comfort. Furthermore, the Mazda 6 gets a softer suspension, yet, it still manages to counteract body roll as the car goes through corners.
For added driver safety and convenience, the 2020 Mazda 6 diesel is equipped with a 360-degree camera, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot warning.
Even though the Mazda 6 represents a finer way to travel, people will still most likely seek for a taller vehicle than a car that offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and sportiness. Priced at P2,250,000 for both this turbo diesel and the turbo gasoline variant, the 2020 Mazda 6 offers greater style, luxury and world-class driving dynamics than many of its competitors—even several years after its initial release. For those looking for more practicality, the naturally-aspirated 2020 Mazda 6 2.5 Sports Wagon is available at a more affordable P1,995,000 asking price.