Mazda6 has been around for a few years now and has just undergone a mid-life revamp bringing in a new 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine out of CX-9 a revised 2.2-litre twin turbo diesel with a more efficient VGT (Variable Geometry Turbo) system and a 2.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol four now with cylinder deactivation to save fuel. The looks have changed and there’s more technology and higher comfort levels across a sedan and wagon, four grade, 14 variant range with a choice of three engines and six speed auto only with front wheel drive.

Unfortunately the mid-size 6 is in a segment on the ropes as buyers desert passenger cars for utes and SUVs, but if you are in the market for one of the best, affordable, mainstream passenger cars or wagons look no further than this good looking customer that comes out of a proper factory in Japan and not some cheap labour factory elsewhere. Pricing ranges from $32,490 through to $50,090.

Exterior

It’s the same coke bottle shape in Mazda’s so-called ‘Koda’ style with a lovely side view accentuated by the low arcing roofline. The silhouette is sleek and there are new bumpers front and rear. They’ve added a honeycomb grille this time with new, even more aggressive looking headlights and tail lights. New colours too along with revised alloy wheels and some extra brightwork garnishes to pick out the handsome lines of the car.

The rear end has a Jag(ish) look while the new grille is a bit Bentley. Very appealing.

Interior

Mazda made a big effort updating the interior of new 6 starting with better seats and refined instruments and controls. The door trims are more stylish and functional while the top of the range Atenza model scores all the goodies including Nappa leather and some genuine wood trim fascia. The dash has lateral lines that link into the front door trims in a wrap around effect. The actual read-out meters are the same as before with colour changes.

Some models have heated and vented front seats and there’s a splash more brightwork inside the cabin.

Interior noise levels are down due to the use of thicker metal in parts of the chassis along with additional sound deadening material to the floor and roof panels.