2018 Mazda6 station wagon skyactiv-d 184 driving report

The Mazda6 experienced its biggest facelift since the model launch in 2013 in the summer of 2018. The latest model can be recognized above all by the significantly larger grill and the larger diameter tailpipes placed further outside. In the second driving report after the gasoline engine, the Mazda6 station wagon Skyactiv-D 184, the new 184 hp diesel.

The revised diesel engine in the Mazda6 station wagon

As with the other engines, the 2.2-liter diesel got more power thanks to its internal engine revision. The 135 kW / 184 PS are the “by-product” of the optimized combustion chamber, the new thermal management and, above all, the use of the VTG charger for the larger of the two turbos. In addition, with the facelift in summer 2018, one of the biggest problems of the Mazda6 was finally addressed: at 320 millimeters, there are finally larger brake discs (front).

Sports-Line Plus package makes the Japanese a premium competitor

The next special feature is the newly introduced “Sports-Line Plus” package, which, in addition to nappa leather, also brings a fine Japanese wood decor and Alcantara into the interior. The test car price remains pleasantly low at 43,740 euros. Almost a competitive price, which in this context raises the question of why you should still use an established brand at all?

Driving impression of the Mazda6 Kombi Skyactiv-D 184

The engine pleases with pulling power, but an automatic is more advisable. The manual gearbox is a bit wobbly and thus robs something of driving pleasure in everyday life. It can still score points with the pleasantly low test consumption of 5.0 to 6.1 l / 100km, which is an acceptable value for a mid-range vehicle on long and short distances. Because this mix also includes fast motorway journeys. More about this in our video driving report.

Video driving report Mazda6 Kombi Skyactiv-D 184

Laissez-faire en route

The Mazda6 now cuts a significantly better figure, especially on long journeys. The reason for this is the new, significantly wider seats. Thanks to the low curb weight of 1,566 kilograms and the well-implemented GVC, the arms never get tired. It has become a real Autobahn cowboy, and thanks to the additional performance compared to its predecessor, it is no longer inferior to the established models.

Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner