As a surprise, the 6 is now offered in a third body type which is the 2016 Mazda 6 Wagon Skyactiv G 2.5 which is a few inches longer and a few kilos heavier than the hatch and saloon. The Mazda 6 is originally offered in two body styles, the cheaper saloon type and the much more expensive hatchback type. The 6 is known for being an engaging vehicle to drive as it delivers tons of fun and excitement whenever you choose to “drive it like you stole it”.
For the 2016 Mazda 6 Wagon Skyactiv G 2.5, Bigger is Better
On the outside the 2016 Mazda 6 Wagon Skyactiv G 2.5 retains the Kodo soul in motion design language of Mazda with flowing lines and dynamic looking stance. The long front overhang is now balanced with the extended and squared off rear. I don’t know about you but the wagon’s presence can give oldschool Subaru lovers a run for their money. The extended roofline of the wagon evokes surprise and delight to the onlooker as up front it looks like a sports sedan but then you see the extended rear hatch coming out of nowhere. The aesthetics of a wagon is a hit or miss depending on the preferences of the one that’s looking, some love wagons, some don’t, simple as that. Under the hood is the same 2.5 liter Skyactive four cylinder direct injection engine that the saloon and hatch offers. It is mated to a 6 speed gearbox with crisp throws and powers the front wheels.
On the inside of the 2016 Wagon Skyactiv G 2.5, the cockpit is actually very European when it comes to overall theme and feel. The inside feels fancy and upscale with a generous amount of contrasting leather and various other trim even the plastic is of a high end quality. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, the seats has eight-way power adjustment making long journeys extra comfortable to you and your passengers. At the rear, headroom may be a bit limited upon entry for taller individuals because of the door sills, but has decent space once secured in the cabin. Unlike the saloon and hatch, legroom is now better for taller people riding at the back thanks to the extended body. This being a wagon offers cargo space of an SUV.
Driving the 2016 Mazda 6 Wagon Skyatciv G 2.5 is driving pleasure, the driving dynamics is the same as the outgoing 6, but feels even more stable at speed thanks to the extended wheelbase. It has stunning looks, great practicality, engaging drive. However, the extra weight took a few kilometres from the saloon and hatch’s fuel economy rating, suspension is a bit stiff under sport settings, all for road feedback. While wagon bodies may appeal to a niche market, there is no doubt the Mazda 6 in wagon form is a great choice for both practicality, and performance.