First DriveMazda’s refreshed Mondeo rival is richer inside and softer-riding than before but loses its dynamic edge
First DriveThe new Mazda 6 is a good all-round package on this first acquaintance, but doesn’t feel quite as sporty as claimed
What is it?
This is the diesel option for the new 6, although the engine’s not actually new – it’s a lightly reworked version of the last car’s 2.0-litre four-pot diesel.
It’s a little less thirsty – 6.7 per cent less - a little cleaner, with a diesel particulate filter, but slightly less powerful because of it. The diesel adds a not inconsiderable 120kg to the kerbweight.
What’s it like?
Competent, good looking and frugal if ever so slightly dull to drive and sit in. It’s not the quietest or most powerful diesel ever, but it’s smooth and delivers its torque and power evenly with no flat spots.
It’s not quick, either, but it does works just fine in town – even if it’s a little less willing on open roads and motorways. The gearchange on our (admittedly very low mileage) test car was annoyingly notchy and obstructive.
Should I buy one?
Tricky this, because the more dynamic Mondeo diesel is slightly cheaper but much more common. The Mazda’s the less predictable choice and is certainly a good (and good looking) car, but doesn’t feel quite special enough.