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BUYER’S GUIDE: 2019 Mazda 6 Sport Wagon

Mazda boasts solid SUV offerings in the guise of the CX-5 and CX-9. But if ever these vehicles are just too tall or cumbersome for your tastes, and a sedan or hatchback is simply out of the question, the Japanese car manufacturer has just the right alternative for you: the Mazda 6 Sport Wagon.

If you think wagons are boring, the Mazda 6 Sport Wagon is here to change your mind. Exuding a high sense of style, this car is a natural fit for the suburban family looking for more ‘oomph’ from their ride. Check out what the car has to offer in this 2019 Mazda 6 Sport Wagon Buyer’s Guide.

Specifications

The Mazda 6 Sport Wagon is powered by a Euro 4-gasoline-gulping 2.5-liter SkyActiv G 4-cylinder engine mated to a SkyActive-Drive six-speed automatic gearbox for an output of 187 hp and 252 Nm of torque. Ground clearance is 165 mm, and wheelbase is 2,750 mm. As for suspension, MacPherson struts take care of the front while a multi-link system handles the rear. The wagon also has ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid discs at the rear. Color options include Machine Gray, Snowflake White Pearl, and Soul Red Crystal.

Exterior

The Mazda 6 as a whole is enjoying a mid-cycle refresh, and while there’s a clear sense of familiarity with the 2019 Sport Wagon, there are distinct differences worth noting. The most noticeable change comes at the front, with the revised front bumper now showcasing a deeper grille made up of an intricate mesh pattern. The rear bumper also receives an update with better looking exhaust outlets this time around. The Mazda 6 Sport Wagon comes with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights with auto on/off, LED daytime running lamps, and time-adjustable windshield wipers with rain sensor.

Interior

The cabin is the biggest story for the Mazda6 Sport Wagon. Plushness and comfort comes front and center with the greater use of premium materials, an updated dashboard look, and wider, comfier seats. Senwood Accents enhance the Nappa Leather seats, which boast an elegant deep chestnut hue. Drivers enjoy more comfortable seating via the eight-way power adjustable seat with ventilation, lumbar support and memory. Front passengers get their share of coziness with the six-way power adjustable passenger seat with ventilation. For infotainment, there’s the Mazda Connect-powered eight-inch touchscreen LCD monitor that links to an 11-speaker BOSE Sound System.

Safety 

With a five-star safety rating from ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program), the Mazda6 Sport Wagon is immediately one of your top choices for a family car. If the high ANCAP rating isn’t enough to convince you, then look at this list of safety features: six airbags, dynamic stability control, i-STOP idling stop system,  i-ELOOP regenerative braking system, blindspot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rearview camera.

Space

Designed for ultimate passenger comfort, the Mazda 6 easily has one of the most spacious cabins you’ll ever see, especially considering that there are very few wagon options out there. Its closest competitors for the price–the Peugeot 308 Station Wagon Allure and Subaru Levorg–have shorter wheelbases. Likewise, the extended roofline provides better headroom than you find in the Mazda 6 sedan. Packing for long trips is a cinch, thanks to the 506-liter boot space.

Our Verdict

The Mazda6 is one of the more popular models in the mid-size sedan category, so it goes without saying that the Sport Wagon version has a lot going for it. The SkyActiv engine ensures low fuel consumption, and combining this with the spacious cabin makes the Mazda 6 Sport Wagon well-suited for modern families. Costing at PHP1,995,000, this car is affordable luxury personified.

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