AT A GLANCE
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.
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.