What is it?
The Mazda 6, the Japanese firm’s full-size family saloon/estate, has been given a mid-life refresh for 2015.
In order to keep pace with a part of the market that’s seen plenty of recent renewal, the car has had some exterior and interior styling improvements, powertrain and chassis tweaks, added active safety equipment and extra standard kit.
The exterior styling updates are mainly to top-of-the-range Sport Nav models, which get a bolder-looking radiator grille and a wider chrome ‘wing’ grille bar, as well as standard LED headlamps, LED foglights and new 19in alloy wheels.
All models benefit from an interior refresh consisting of all-new instruments, an updated fascia, a new centre console, a new multimedia set-up and an electronic parking brake.
The powertrain and suspension changes are focused on improving mechanical and rolling refinement. Extra sound deadening has been added and new dampers and bushings have been specified for a softer, quieter ride.
Standard equipment on entry-level SE-grade cars now includes heated door mirrors, 17in alloys, a DAB radio and Mazda’s 7.0in touchscreen multimedia system with MZD-Connect online and social networking functions.
The full-house Sport Nav version comes with heated leather seats, reversing camera, Bose surround audio, European sat-nav, keyless entry and a new head-up display. Plenty of kit for your £26k, just as Mazda suggests.
The new active safety systems, meanwhile, are offered as an option on Sport Nav models. They’re bundled to include adaptive LED headlights, lane keeping assist, driver attention alert, blindspot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and rear smart city brake support.