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Updated Mazda6 hatch and estate on sale now

Mazda has updated its stylish Mazda6 with changes to the interior, subtle exterior tweaks and improved engines which are now more economical with lower CO2 emissions.

The changes to the outside of the facelifted Mazda6 aren't immediately obvious but there's a new front end with revised silver-backed headlights plus restyled light clusters at the back. The interior is refreshed too with silver ringed dials and controls in the instrument cluster, while the centre console and steering wheel spokes are finished in high-gloss piano-black trim.

Mazda has also worked on improvements to the handling so the latest Mazda6 promises to be better to drive with more feel in the steering and re-tuned suspension design to improved road holding and ride comfort.

The new Mazda6 is available with a choice of six engines - three petrol and three diesels, available with five and six-speed manual gearboxes or five-speed automatics. The petrol engine line-up includes the 120bhp 1.8-litre petrol, the new 155bhp 2.0-litre and the top of the range 2.5-litre with 170bhp.

The diesels are more popular and the range has three versions of the same 2.2-litre diesel with either 129bhp, 163bhp or the superb 180bhp model. The latter has slightly less power than before, but it has more torque plus uses less fuel. In fact all the engines have been tweaked to be more economical. So the 129bhp 2.2-litre diesel is now capable of 54.3mpg and emits 138g/km of CO2.

Upgraded equipment levels include triple turn indicators and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) for all models, while models further up the range get an aerodynamic rear spoiler, front and rear parking sensors, Hill Hold Assist and adaptive xenon front lights that swivel in corners and at junctions for better visibility.

There is a downside - prices have increased so the range now starts at £16,995 and rises to £23,445 - a rise of around 5%. But that's still good value when you consider the levels of standard equipment offered.



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