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The Warsaw Voice » Society » October 22, 2008
Mazda 6 2.0 MZR-CD 140 HP Hatchback
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Solid But Stylish
October 22, 2008   
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The Mazda 6 is so stylish that no one is likely to pass it by without a second look. At first sight the car appears to be a performance version. In fact, it's a standard factory model.

Thenew Mazda 6's contours are exceptionally pleasing. The body looks great regardless of whether the model is a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback or a station wagon. It is not only the car's overall design that has given it such acclaim, but also smaller details such as the shape of its headlights, rear lights, grille, side mirrors, and wheel rims.

The road-tested five-door hatchback, with a wind resistance factor of cx=o.26, from the side looks a bit like the four-door sedan. The hatchback is 4,735 mm long and its slim line gently falls away in the rear to give its baggage compartment a slightly shorter appearance than that in classic sedans. In hatchbacks, the baggage compartment lid and rear window open together and this is why it is called a fifth door. The storage of baggage in these models is thus much easier. The Mazda 6's baggage compartment has a volume of 510 liters, a regular shape and is well designed.

The interior is roomy. With an axle base of 2,725 mm, the car has a passenger cabin that comfortably seats five adults. The design and quality of the finishing materials are exemplary. The pleasure of traveling in the Mazda 6 is increased by features that include a full electric package, automatic two-zone air conditioning, heated seats, an Audio/CD/MP3 system with six speakers, and a six-disc CD player, an ISOFIX fitting system for child seats, an onboard computer, a cruise control function that maintains the car at a given speed regardless of road gradient, a rain sensor, and many others. Safety is assured with built-in DSC, TCS and ABS systems, adaptive head restraints and six airbags. And all this is available as standard for zl.94,000.

The dashboard is elegant and, more importantly for the driver, is ergonomically designed. The well-profiled driver's seat is very comfortable, albeit a little short in depth. All indicators and dials are within sight and reach of the driver. The only criticisms that can be made are that there are too many controls and that the dashboard is back-lit with an orange-red light. Driving at night, even with the dashboard light set at its dimmest, still gives the driver the impression that he has a Christmas tree in front of him. Somehow the blaze of colors, different shapes, buttons and cockpit dials do not suit the refined and simple body style.

The road-tested model was equipped with a high-compression turbocharged "Common Rail" engine, borrowed from Ford, which had a 2 liter capacity and delivered 140 hp. The engine performed well given the car weighed 1,530 kg. The maximum torque of 330 Nm, achieved at 2,000 revolutions per minute, allowed the Mazda 6 to reach a speed of 100 kph in 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 201 kph.

Average fuel consumption, according to the manufacturer, is 5.6 l/100 km, but this is difficult to achieve in normal driving conditions-especially as the engine parameters, precision six-speed gearbox and hard suspension are suited to fast driving. Not surprisingly average fuel consumption during the road test was 7.6l/100 km.

The Mazda 6 is one of this year's most interesting new cars. Its appearance caused some commotion in the mid-range segment of the car market. Not only Japanese competitors but also European manufacturers must appreciate the combination of an unusually attractive body with the solidity and reliability that Mazda is traditionally known for. If you add to this good driving performance and usability, a well-equipped interior and a competitive price then it is no surprise that competitors met the unveiling of the Mazda 6 with trepidation. Fortunately, what is a problem for the competition, is a reason to be happy for the consumer.

Bartosz Grzybiński
Auto Section Coordinator
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