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Some cars in the executive car class are probably feeling a bit like this right now. If there’s one segment that’s feeling the rough end of both the SUV boom and diesel decline, it’s this one.
While cars such as the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat were the bread and butter of new car sales in the UK not so long ago, they have felt a sharp decline in popularity recently. To combat this, the Mazda 6 saloon has just had a facelift and is ready to convince you that there’s plenty of life left in this class.
The 6 has always been a sharp-looking car that offers frugal engines, a pleasant interior and decent equipment levels. The facelift brings some fresh styling touches inside and out, as well as a new 2.5-litre petrol engine, while the previous 173bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine gets more poke to take it up to 181bhp. Suspension tweaks aim to improve ride comfort, while the steering should now be more responsive.
Should you consider one as your next car, though, and how does it compare with its most obvious rivals? Why not read on over the next few pages to find out. And don’t forget that, for the very best deals on a new 6 and all of its rivals, head to the New Car Buying section.
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