Exterior is not much changed, but the chassis has been upgraded and the body is stiffer
New grille is most obvious external change
Rear seats fold for maximum luggage space
Improved noise suppression is the most important revision to the 2006 model
First DriveMazda 6 gets dynamic, refinement and equipment upgrades for its second facelift. It feels every bit as competent as before – but no more so
First DriveMazda’s refreshed Mondeo rival is richer inside and softer-riding than before but loses its dynamic edge
What’s new? Not much externally – just a grille – but inside are reshaped mouldings, new instruments and a dashtop cubby that you can now actually open. Most important, though, is the improved noise suppression. The body is stiffer, there’s a six-speed ‘box and the chassis’s been polished too. What’s it like? Full of verve – you need the (standard) cruise control to stop it drifting toward 100mph. And much quieter, even if there’s slightly too much tyre roar still. Really impressive are its flat, fuss-free cornering, clean-slicing steering and the tautness of its body and suspension. The ride’s firm, but well-damped - a fair trade for such deft handling. Should I buy one? Yes – its space, quality and value make sense, but verve is its most prominent characteristic, and you’ll enjoy that on every drive.