What is it?
This is the facelifted 2010 Mazda 6 estate. The Japanese maker claims it has made 400 changes to its popular Mondeo-rival, and subtle as they may appear the updates have brought about a big improvement.
No small achievement given that this was one of the most competent cars in its sector even before the Japanese maker decided to give it some style tweaks and a range of new engines.
We’re testing the Mazda 6 estate fitted with the 177bhp, 2.2-litre diesel engine, which is the most powerful unit in the range and is only available with a six-speed manual ‘box.
The most significant change to this engine is the new, smaller turbocharger. Replacing the old car’s bigger blower has resulted in a power drop of 5bhp but torque remains the same substantial 295lb ft. It also now manages an impressive 52.3mpg and 143g/km.
What’s it like?
Other than the lower running costs the practical benefits come mostly from the much-improved engine refinement and response. As with the pre-facelifted turbodiesel, there is ample amounts of power and torque to make this a very usable family car and a rewarding drive.