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Mazda6 Classic Hatch (2010)

by John Ewing,reviewed August 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.
Mazda 6 Classic Hatch 2010

For

Roadholding, ride, refinement, price drops, quality

Against

Position of centre child restraint point, no cushion tilt for driver

Key features

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

Safety

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

Car Details

Vehicle make Mazda
Vehicle model 6 Classic Hatch
Vehicle type Medium Under $50,000
Year 2010
Price when new $34,750 (5 spd auto) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.5-litre, 4 cyl DOHC, 16 valve petrol
Max power 125 kW @ 6000 rpm
Max torque 226 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 11.5 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 26 m
Fuel type 91 RON
Economy ADR 8.8 litres/100km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.