Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

You'll certainly never forget you're in an Italian car from the drivers seat. The dash wraps around you to create a real cockpit feel and elements like the three-spoke steering wheel, sporty dials and wonderfully supportive seats all add to the stylish ambience. Facelifted models from late 2003 get better quality materials and lighter colours, but despite the special feel, it's not as robust or as well built as its German rivals.

It's not as big or as spacious as most executive rivals and space is tight for rear passengers. It's better up front where the driver gets more room and there's plenty of seat adjustment, but the offset pedals can be annoying, especially on long journeys. The ride is a little firm too but on the motorway the 166 is a good cruiser and the rumble from the V6 engines makes a delightful soundtrack.