The refreshed version of the Mondeo-rivaling Mazda 6 is now on sale, boasting a suite of upgrades, lower emissions and better fuel economy.
Tame tweaks and a new diesel engine
Visual changes to the Mazda 6 for 2010 are limited to slightly more aggressive front-end styling.
But beneath the skin Mazda has tweaked the suspension and steering, while introducing greater efficiency under the bonnet – with improvements including a new 2.0-litre ‘DISI’ turbodiesel offering more power (153bhp versus 145bhp from the old unit).
Meanwhile the top spec 2.2-litre turbodiesel has actually had its power output reduced from 182bhp to 177bhp. This has been done in the name of improved emissions – but since torque (pulling power) is increased, Mazda claims overall performance is unaffected.
The Mazda6 engine line up continues to consist of three petrols and three diesels, offering between 118bhp and 177bhp.
Taking the range together, subtle modifications mean petrol fuel economy has improved by an average of 3.2% and diesel economy by 4.1%. CO2 emissions fall 4.4 and 4.8%, respectively – meaning many models now fall into a lower road tax band than before.
The most efficient variant remains the lower powered 2.2-litre turbodiesel, which now emits 138g/km CO2 and returns 54.3mpg combined. This engine also gains 4bhp for a total of 127bhp.
All Mazda 6 models now meet Euro5 emissions standards.
The 2010 Mazda 6 continues with the same four trim levels – S, TS, TS2 and Sport – but with some extra equipment included.
All versions benefit from new ‘smart’ indicators and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), which activates the hazard warning lights under heavy braking. TS and above gain a rear spoiler, TS2 adds front and rear parking sensors, while Sport gains Adaptive Front Lighting for greater visibility at night.
Inevitably the changes to the Mazda 6 come at a cost. With an average increase of 4.8 percent the Mazda 6 now starts at £16,995, and ends at £23,445.
Available in a selection of 12 hatchback variants and seven estates, it’s on sale now.
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