If we were to tell you that the Mazda6 has undergone a facelift, most people, and even some existing owners, would struggle to tell the difference. Sure thereís a new heated leather steering wheel, and the eagle-eyed may spot the upgrades to the head-up display, incorporating a colour display and traffic sign recognition for the first time. But itís the under the skin enhancements that are more important, one of which is pedestrian detection for the autonomous emergency braking system. Attention to noise reduction has resulted in the inclusion of laminated front side windows, improved door seals, tighter tolerances for panels, and extra sound deadening material. The 2.2-litre diesel engine has come in for some fettling, too, with transient control designed to deliver a more positive throttle response, while refinement has been enhanced by technology that is designed to reduce diesel knock during starting and low-speed acceleration, by suppressing resonance from the piston and connecting rod by including a dynamic damper inside the piston pin. This helps to tune out three important frequency bands where components usually vibrate most noisily.
You can read the full report on this Mazda6 Sport in the February 2017 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue
Beautifully stylish. Pliant suspension. Great to drive, with effortless performance. Smooth engine. Comfortable motorway cruiser.
Too much road noise. Shame there’s no hatchback edition for greater versatility. Doors feel lightweight and flimsy due to weight saving measures.