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Subtle Makeover
October 1, 2010   
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The new-look Mazda 6, available in Poland since the spring, features subtle stylistic changes that have gone unnoticed by all but the most ardent Mazda watchers.

The model was given a makeover just three years after hitting the market. The new Mazda 6 has an extraordinarily sophisticated profile. The body looks dynamic thanks to the shape of the headlights and taillights, the grille, side mirrors and wheel rims.

The five-door hatchback we test-drove had a profile similar to a four-door sedan and an air drag coefficient of 0.26. The car is 4,735 mm long; the rear tapers gently and features a shorter trunk than the classic sedan. In the hatchback version, the lid of the trunk opens together with the rear window and for this reason is treated as a fifth door. This makes loading far easier. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 510 liters, a regular shape and is well laid out.

The spacious interior comfortably seats five adults. The finishing materials are of a high standard and exceptionally compatible. Driving has been made more pleasurable with an assortment of equipment that includes a full electric package, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, leather upholstery, heated seating, an Audio/CD/MP3 system with six speakers and a jukebox for six CDs, an ISOFix system, onboard computer, cruise control, xenon headlights, rain sensors etc. Safety is seen to by DSC, TCS and ABS systems, active headrests, and a complete set of front, side and curtain airbags. All this comes stock standard for just under zl.101,000.

The dashboard is stylish and, importantly for the driver, ergonomically laid out. All the indicators and switches are in view and within reach of the driver. The area behind the steering wheel is comfortable, although a bit high for my liking. The seat has a nice shape but is a little short.

Our test-drive model was fitted with a 2l/155 hp gasoline engine. Its maximum torque of 193Nm kicking in at 4,500 rpm let the car accelerate from standstill to 100 kph in 10.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 215 kph. The engine is barely audible when the rotational speed is low and the accelerator pedal is applied gently, but loud enough at high revs and/or if you accelerate suddenly. I would have to enter fuel economy and flexibility on the debit side of the ledger. The average fuel consumption is 6.9l/100km, according to the technical specifications. This was nearly 3 liters higher in the model we test-drove. A brisk drive often requires dropping gears and revving up the engine, which burns up more fuel. If this doesn’t bother you, sit back and enjoy the precise working of the six-speed transmission and the stiffly tuned suspension while you cruise around.

The Mazda 6 is one of the more interesting mid-range vehicles out there. It combines attractive styling with the solidity and reliability we’ve come to expect from Mazda. Add to that the ease of driving, functionality, extensive equipment and the competitive price tag and it’s little wonder that Polish motorists speak highly of this car.

Bartosz Grzybiński
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