AT A GLANCE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT IT’S GOT

There’s no need to tick an op­tion box to pick up all of the latest driver aids, from au­ton­o­mous emer­gency city-speed brak­ing to lane de­par­ture and blind-spot alerts.

WHAT IT HASN’T

Face-height vents for the rear pas­sen­gers and no rear park­ing sen­sors are the only no­table ab­sences in terms of con­ve­nience fea­tures.

OWN­ER­SHIP

The three-year war­ranty is in­dus­try av­er­age but ser­vice in­ter­vals are now out to 12 months/ 10,000km. Put 20,000km on the Astina a year and the capped price ser­vic­ing will cost $2064; drive 10,000km a year and $1025 will cover the first three vis­its.

WHAT WE LIKED

Class-lead­ing torque makes the Mazda an ef­fort­less cruiser. Pack­ag­ing de­liv­ers one of the best cab­ins this side of the pres­tige mar­ques.

WHAT WE DIDN’T

Drop­ping more than $40,000 on a small main­stream car is a big ask. The same diesel is fit­ted to the Mazda6 and, while it costs another $8400, it re­sults in a lot more car for the cash.

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