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Car Reviews / 11-09-17

2016 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D

You won’t notice it’s a diesel

By Nicolas A. Calanoc


I’m not exactly a fan of the clunky and noisy characteristics of a diesel engine, but I do embrace the fact that it provides more torque at the expense of cheaper fuel. Sure, it may work on a SUV or a 24-Hour racecar that is purpose-driven, but how does such an engine fair in a platform where low noise levels and comfort are top priority, in a Mazda6 no less?

The magic of the Mazda6 still lies on the fact that it is a driver-centric sedan in the executive class. Despite its size, it gives you the confidence of tackling a corner like a racecar driver thanks to its handling properties that are Mazda-esque. The equipment remains the same with the easy-to-use 7” MZD Connect Infotainment System with a matching 11-Speaker Bose System, a Command Control, a Drive Selection Switch for Sports Mode, and Rear Camera Display to name a few. As far as looks, driving dynamics, and equipment are concerned, the Mazda6 and Skyactiv-D are exactly like. Their differences lie with how the power is delivered and translated.

At idle, the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D is unmistakably diesel when you stand close enough to it. Stepping inside though, you have to be sensitive to the sound or feel to know that it actually was so. That is the testament to the Mazda6’s NVH levels as a platform; enough to even tame such a powerplant. From 0 to below 40 km/h, it has tendencies to not be as smooth as its gasoline variant. Once I got the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D above 40 km/h and rolling, I was astonished on the NVH levels that made it feel as smooth, comfortable, and calming as its gasoline variant.

At the end of the day, it wasn’t like I forgot that it was a diesel car. But when you are buying the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D, it isn’t about getting a car that doesn’t feel like one nor is it a vehicle that makes up for its PhP 200,000 price increase through saving fuel. What you are getting is Mazda’s exercise of solidarity between a large sporty sedan and a low-emission diesel engine. The results are awe-inspiring. It shows it can be done and done real well. In that respect, the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D is just as great as any Mazda in their line-up.

Car Model: 2016 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D
Engine: Inline-4, 2191 cc, dohc, 16V, Sky-Activ -D, Turbocharged, with I-Stop, 6-Speed AT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm): 175 bhp @ 4500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm): 310 lb/ft @ 2000 rpm
0-100 km/h [or 0-62 mph](sec): 8.6 sec.
Top Speed (km/h): 221 km/h (137 mph)
Fuel Mileage (km/L): 18.52 km/L
Price as Tested (PhP): PhP 1,985,000.00
What’s Great + : Great cruiser, has a lot of pulling power, as convenient as any other Mazda
What’s Not So – : At the end of the day, it still feels like a diesel car from rest
C! Editors Rating 9.0 / 10