Mazda’s family car has won numerous industry awards since its launch and the manufacturer has changed more than 400 aspects of the model for 2010.
The saloon body style is no longer available, leaving hatchback and estate versions to continue the range. Both have been redesigned to include the new Mazda face with restyled headlamps and grille.
Mazda hasn’t stopped with cosmetic changes, however. The suspension and steering has been refined to get the most out of new, more efficient engines.
The petrol engines – offering improved efficiency of 3.2 per cent – comprise 1.8, 2.0 and 2.2-litre MZR units delivering 120, 155 and 170ps.
Diesel units have improved efficiency by 4.1 per cent on the outgoing model and the entry-level diesel, the 2.2-litre 129ps, delivers 138g/km and fuel economy of 54.3mpg.
The 163ps and 180ps versions of the MZR-CD 2.2-litre turbodiesel complete the Mazda6 diesel range.
Mazda’s S, TS, TS2 and Sport equipment levels are retained for the Mazda6 and all models feature smart turn indicators and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS). Moving up the range, front and rear parking sensors, Hill Hold Assist and Bi-Xenon AFS front lights are offered with higher trim levels.
The interior has been given a more premium high quality feel with silver ringed dials, a sweeping dashboard and leather steering wheel spokes.
The updated Mazda6 is more expensive than the previous version at £16,995 to £23,445 but still delivers one of the best value family cars in the segment.