2009 Mazda 6: How Good Would This Car Be With a Diesel?
March 25, 2009
I know it's not going to happen anytime soon, but how good would our Mazda 6 feel with a diesel engine like our Jetta TDI? I'd really like to know.
I spent some time in our Jetta TDI recently and I couldn't get over how much I actually liked to drive it. It's torque curve is perfect for squirting around town and merging in and out of traffic. The car has no brakes, but that's another issue.
So last night I get into our Mazda 6, flat foot the gas pedal and all I get is a bunch of noise and a rather modest shove in the back. And this from one of the better four-cylinders in the segment.
Now it's entirely possible that the much bigger Mazda 6 would suck with the Jetta's pint-size turbo diesel, but Mazda has its own 2.0-liter diesel in Europe which makes 265 pound-feet of torque - 20 more than the Volkswagen motor. Seems like enough to me. Then again, with that motor our Mazda 6 would probably cost $35,000 too, so there's that.
Ed Hellwig, Edmunds.com @ 7,765 miles