The new Mazda6 Saloon exudes quality with refined exterior styling to turn heads. Empowered with fine craftsmanship, next generation technology and highly refined KODO: Soul of Motion Design, the new Mazda6 Saloon redefines the meaning of quality and refinement.
The new Mazda6 gives the driver an invigorated feeling of being in total control of the car, no matter what the driving conditions. The introduction of new advanced technologies into their SKYACTIV engines focuses on refinement, allowing a quicker, more precise response to your driving experience as you accelerate.
The new Mazda6 is packed with advanced safety features from the i-ACTIVESENSE range - with semi-autonomous features like Radar Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist as standard. Driving has never been more effortless with the Active Driving Display now projecting onto your windscreen for immediate driving information. On the Platinum+ models, fitted as standard is the 360° View Monitor which uses four cameras and eight sensors to aid with parking and manoeuvring to keep you safe.
This is the updated Mazda6, which we drove earlier this year at its initial launch, but only with the 2.5-litre petrol engine (which isn't coming here) and the 2.0 petrol (which is, but which is still something of a minority interest). This, then, is our first chance to drive the updated diesel version, which persists with the tried-and-tested 2.2-litre 'SkyActiv' four-cylinder engine. Originally created for the first-generation CX-5 in 2012, the SkyActiv engine was designed to be have very low internal friction and very low cylinder compression (by diesel standards, at any rate) all in search of greater efficiency. At first, it came in 150hp and 175hp flavours, and while the 150hp version carries over, here we're testing the range-topping, updated, 184hp variant. To that has been bolted a six-speed automatic gearbox.
On the outside there's a new grille, with lattice-style centre, which has a more '3D' effect than before, similar to that of the latest CX-5 SUV. There are also new, slimmer, headlights, which now, optionally, can be active LED units.
There's a lot of good stuff here, so let's break it down. First off, the 6 is genuinely excellent to drive. Whereas previous generations of 6 vied with the Ford Mondeo for the best-in-class trophy when it came to handling and driving dynamics, now it's no competition at all - the Mazda wins. The steering is a touch light in its weighting, but ideal in its speed across the lock and its overall feel and feedback. I'd be lying if I said that it's as good as the steering in Mazda's evergreen MX-5 sports car, but there's a clear familial link.