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Mazda6 Classic Hatch (2010)
There wasn’t much to complain about in the second generation Mazda6.
However the new third generation is a case of building the proverbial better mousetrap, but from an already excellent one.
Buyers can get their hands on the new model for less coin. In the case of the volume selling Classic Hatch, savings amount to $580. And it’s the only mid-size car now offering a choice of sedan, hatch and wagon variants.
There’s new exterior and interior styling and under the skin, evolutionary improvements. Already one of the standouts in its class for poised handling and its ride quality, the new 6 has been enhanced by tweaks to the steering and suspension. There’s more steering feel and stability and the ride is supple and controlled.
Apparent also was the improved refinement and reduced cabin noise levels compared to the outgoing model. Not that its NVH credentials were particularly flawed.
The 2.5-litre engine delivers the same outputs as the previous model and is rarely found wanting when called to action. And our test car’s Activematic five-speed auto was a smooth-working accomplice to the petrol power plant.
Points against the new model are few indeed, though the location of the centre rear child restraint point on the rear cargo area panel isn’t ideal. And in an otherwise well laid out and comfortable cabin, cushion tilt on the driver’s seat would be welcome.
Roadholding, ride, refinement, price drops, quality
Position of centre child restraint point, no cushion tilt for driver
Dual front climate control, 17” alloys, MP3 compatible 6 CD, auto on/off headlights, rain sensing wipers, leather steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, metallic/mica paint, trip computer, cruise control
Antilock brakes, electronic brake distribution, emergency brake assist, dual front, front side and curtain airbags, active front head restraints, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, traction and stability control
||6 Classic Hatch
||Medium Under $50,000
|Price when new
||$34,750 (5 spd auto) MLP
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||2.5-litre, 4 cyl DOHC, 16 valve petrol
||125 kW @ 6000 rpm
||226 Nm @ 4000 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
|Braking from 80 km/h
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