2015 Mazda6Mazda has responded to new large family car challenges from the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat with a far-reaching update for its Mazda6 range. 

The 2015 range, on sale in the UK early next year, boasts interior upgrades, revised suspension, better soundproofing and a boost to standard equipment.

The new range introduces Mazda’s first-ever DAB radio as well; it’s standard on all model grades.

Also featuring on all new Mazda are an electronic handbrake, ‘coming home’ headlamp delay and an easier-to-use Multimedia Controller (with a separate volume control at last!). Mazda has improved the tiny touchscreen as well, taking the larger 7-inch display from the Mazda3 family hatch.

Sport Nav Mazda6 models receive a front grille upgrade, full LED headlights and a new head-up display. Mazda’s upgraded the sat nav system here too, promising the ‘Integrated Navigation’ system is more accurate and easier to search within.

There’s the option of an £800 safety pack for 2015, with blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, lane-keep assist and an auto-brake function if you’re about to reverse into something.

Prices start from £19,795 for the 2.0-litre 145 SE petrol hatch; Mazda UK sales director, Peter Allibon, says: “new range-wide standard equipment upgrades, enhanced interior and exterior design as well as improvements to functionality, ride comfort, NVH and Safety Pack, make the 2015 Mazda6 an even more compelling proposition to private buyers and fleet customers alike.”

There haven’t been any significant changes to the SKYACTIV engine range though; 145hp and 165hp 2.0-litre petrol plus 150hp and 175hp 2.2-litre diesel units remain.

Diesel automatic versions do, however, now fall into the 130g/km CO2 band, earning 8 per cent writing down allowance instead of the steeper 18 per cent rate.