Car reviews - Mazda - Mazda6 - Luxury Sports hatch
The new Mazda6 hatch could well be the best value mid-sizer available
21 Jan 2003
By BRUCE NEWTON
THE Mazda6 is believed by the company to embody all the elements of its emergence as a maker of "sporting" cars. Where previous mid-size Mazdas were uncompromisingly conservative, the new car has a distinct edge in both the way it looks and acts. New looks are underpinned by a very competent chassis providing a comfortable ride with excellent handling and a fresh, 2.3-litre all-alloy four-cylinder engine that delivers smooth, very economical performance. The only downside is that its recommended diet is premium unleaded fuel. The car is also roomier, safer in a crash and offers decent loading facilities - especially in hatchback versions. If this is Mazda's interpretation of European design, then the company's engineers and designers understand their art well.
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Mazda 626Released: July 1997
Ended: June 2002
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The last 626 disappointed on a number of grounds. It looked bland, drove the same way and was not available with a V6 engine - a crucial part of the success of the much-loved previous generations. Instead, standard motive power was provided by a 93kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which suited the rest of the bland package perfectly.
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