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.
Engine grumble is now significantly reduced – particularly from cold – and there is less lag and better response when you want it in the mid-range.
Another noteable improvement is in the suspension. Revised dampers and bushes are claimed to aid better stability and more pliant ride quality, and in practice the improvement really pays off. Suspension thump is better suppressed and the car holds the road well without any significant jarring, whilst body roll is well restrained.
The steering receives new software, thought there is little noticeable change in the well-weighted steering other than a touch more response off the dead-ahead. The six-speed gearbox remains unchanged so the 6 still benefits from its solid, precise gearshift. Small changes to the interior have also added a little more class to the cabin.
Should I buy one?
Absolutely. This high-powered diesel engine is only available in range-topping Sport trim, which puts the list price up significantly. But with part-leather interior, heated seats, auto lights and wipers, keyless entry and parking sensors as standard the Mazda 6 Sport isn’t only practical, rapid family transport it is also easy and comfortable to live with.
The front seats could offer more support and there are rivals that offer more rear passenger space, but even so there is very little that the Mazda doesn’t do extremely well.
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