Australia’s best cars 2016: Best Medium Car under $50,000
Winner: Mazda6 Touring
There is something special about Mazda6, which gives you the right sort of connected feeling with the car and the road. When you combine Mazda’s build quality, reliability and drivability, you start to get the makings of a true winner.
It now has features normally reserved for premium makes or higher levels of specification. The Touring model has Mazda’s autonomous braking system, called Smart City Brake Support, which can activate up to 80km/h (previously 30km/h). It also has blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and front parking sensors.
As far as convenience and comfort features, the list goes on. Valued items such as satellite navigation, digital radio operated from within Mazda’s MZD Connect system, auto-dimming internal rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control with rear vents and electric handbrake are standard across the range.
But it’s on the road that Mazda6 shines. Mazda has upped the handling ante with its G-Vectoring Control system (GVC), which improves tyre grip and performance.
The cabin is well thought out, with a high level of build and finish, plus great attention to detail and function.