IT is hard to think of a car that that has had more makeovers than the Mazda 6.
However, even though it has had four updates, only five years have passed since the model was first revealed.
This is the sturdiest version yet, with an entirely new interior, two new engines, but with only slight tweaks to the styling.
The 2.2 litre diesel option delivers plenty of kick in the rev range, so that you’re never short changed pulling away from a junction or going for an overtake.
Apart from the acceleration, the Mazda 6 is pleasingly quiet on the move, and there is good body control over larger bumps and undulations.
Quick, light steering makes the 6 feel agile, but it can also result in you turning into corners a little more quickly than you’d expect, and there is some steering kick-back over bumps.
Mazda wants the 6 series to compete on level terms with cars like the BMW-Series and the Audi A4, and the interior has undergone quite the revamp.
The result is impressive, tasteful design, expensive-feeling plastics and some upmarket touches like a dashboard slathered in faux-suede on top-spec models.
The infotainment system, while still commendable for its clarity and ease of use, is starting to look a little dated next to the plush, high-resolution widescreen systems on offer in its rivals.
There are split-folding rear seats which you can flop down from within the boot thanks to clever releases sited at the top of the boot opening.
Despite the higher-end models on offer in the 6-series, the mid-range version provides the best value.
Not only do you get all the toys needed from the SE Lux form, but you also get smaller wheels and higher-profile tyres, which help with the ride.
This makeover hasn’t been about teaching an old dog new tricks as keeping this middle aged thruster in good health.