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A Mid-life Facelift for Mazda 6 – Refined Interiors, Smoother Ride

| 17 Feb 2016 | No Comments

Mazda has given its Mazda 6 a pleasant mid-life makeover. The new automobile is plusher on the insides and offers a more comfortable ride. It, however, has lost its dynamic edge in the process.

The refreshed Mazda 6 now rivals the Ford Mondeo even better than before with its richer interiors and a ride that’s more pleasant. The full-size family vehicle has undergone some styling improvements all over, features modifications in the chassis and the powertrain, gets additional safety equipment, and an enhanced standard kit.

Mazda has tweaked the model in order to maintain pace with a constantly upgrading automobile sector.

The 2.2D 150 SE-L Mazda 6

We got to test the 2.2D 150 SE-L, a 148bhp diesel variant in the mid-spec SE-L trim. Mazda calls it the Auto Nav Tourer and has equipped it with a four-pot engine coupled with six-speed auto transmission. The car can travel at a max speed of 126mph and sprints from 0 to 62mph in 10s. It offers a fuel efficiency of 57.6mpg and a carbon emission rate of 129g/km.

While there are no updates on the exterior, the interiors of this model get a decent improvement. In particular, the new clocks, though uninspiring, are clearer to read, and the leather-faced plastic trim is more preferable. The cabin, nevertheless, has some cheap-looking and inconsistently finished fixtures. The cabin is definitely one of the most expedient ones in the class, albeit relatively plain in comparison with the best.

Interior and Exterior Styling Updates

Only the top Sport Nav models in the 2015 Mazda 6 Tourer range, get styling tweaks on the exteriors. These now feature a bolder radiator grille, a broader, chrome-finished ‘wing’ grille bar, standard LED headlights and foglamps, and fresh 19in alloy disks.

All models in the revived range get refreshed interiors comprising an all-new instrument cluster, a fresh centre console, an electronic parking brake, a new fascia, and advanced multimedia set-up.

The changes in the suspension setup and powertrain are aimed at improving the car’s rolling and mechanical refinement. Mazda has added new bushings and dampers to ensure a softer ride and extra sound deadening for more quietude.

Equipment Details

The entry-level SE trim models now, as a standard, get heated door mirrors, DAB radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a 7in multimedia touch system, with social networking abilities and MZD-Connect online function.

The complete Sport Nav top-of-the-range model gets heated leather seats, Bose surround audio, keyless entry, reversing camera, European satellite navigation and a revived head-up display. And that’s plenty of kit for £26k, Mazda says.

Optional features on this model include advanced active safety systems such as lane assist, blindspot monitoring, adaptive LED headlamps, driver attention alert, rear cross traffic warning and rear smart city brake assist.

With the new Mazda 6, the manufacturer, apparently, has intended to build a more mature, sophisticated and technically refined prospect. And it has actually worked well in some areas, well enough to enhance the car’s appeal and its level of competence.

The revived Mazda 6 is aptly designed to drive in regular traffic flow and for daily use, even on half-throttle. Dynamically, the car has progressed only little, but it’s more compliant than before, riding more comfortably on asphalt and bumps alike. The sharp and vivacious handling, characteristic to Mazda 6, however, has been compromised with in the form of lower responsiveness and lesser driver engagement.

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