• All-new Mazda 6 on sale this month
• Saloon and estate versions available
• Two petrol and two diesels at launch.

The all-new Mazda 6 large family car will go on sale on January 25. It has been re-engineered from the ground up and will start at £19,595.

On the outside, the styling hasn’t changed since we last saw the car at last year’s Paris Motor Show and is very faithful to the Takeri concept which was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. A large, chrome-trimmed grille dominates the front, with angular, horizontal headlamps and a wide, low front valance highlighting the car’s width.

Inside, Mazda says that “form meets function” and that “everything is where it should be”, while the A-pillars have been moved backwards to help increase the driver’s field of view. From the images available, the interior will be reasonably staid but solid, incorporating all the tech that customers expect from a large family car, such as Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity and cruise control. An 11-speaker BOSE surround sound audio system will be available on Sport models.

Four engines will be available at launch, two petrols and two diesels, which all shun the downsizing trend (the next Mondeo will be available with a turbocharde, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine). The petrols are both 2.0-litre, four-cylinder units, producing 143 and 163bhp respectively. Both the diesels are 2.2-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder motors which put out 148 and 173bhp each. Go for a 148bhp diesel saloon and you’ll return up to 67.3mpg and manage just 108g/km of CO2. All engines can be had with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

The new Mazda 6 will go on sale on January 25, priced between £19,595 and £28,045 and will go up against the outgoing Ford Mondeo, which costs from £18,100, the Vauxhall Insignia (from £18,040) and the Volkswagen Passat (from £19,710).

By James Richardson

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