Mazda6 given facelift for 2010

After three years on the market, the Mazda6 was given a facelift in keeping with the Mazda5 and MX-5 ranges.

The most striking feature of the saloon is the new Mazda face, including new headlamps and rear lights. A smaller grille than the Mazda3 and Mazda5 gives the Mazda6 a more unique and sporty look.

Mazda has provided six engines for the Mazda6, with the highlight being a 2.0-litre DISI petrol with a five-speed autobox that cuts CO2 emissions and improves fuel efficiency on the outgoing 2.0-litre unit.

The other two petrol engines are updated versions of the 1.8 and 2.5-litre engines available on the Mazda MZR. Diesel options consist of a 2.2-litre turbo available in 129-180bhp power derivatives.

Despite the changes Mazda has kept close to the design of the previous model, tweaking the range with new features such as pivoting adaptive front lighting system and hill-launch assist.

Recently, used car experts at CAP Monitor discovered the Mazda6 has low, class-leading depreciation rates and the higher specification models are some of the best cars on the market for keeping their residual value.

Jeff Knight, Forecast Manager at CAP, said: "Mazda is reaping the benefits of producing stylish and well specified vehicles that are marketed with an eye on the list price thus giving an advantage in depreciation as well as company car drivers’ taxable benefit."