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Mazda 6 MPS review

2006 - 2007 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

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Price new £23,800
Used prices £827 - £2,859
Road tax cost £395 - £675
Insurance group 32
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
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Fast and enjoyable without the wrong sort of attention


Saloon-only body hampers practicality

Written by Simon Harris Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Several years after it first appeared as a concept car, the Mazda6 MPS (Mazda Performance Series) has arrived taking on the likes of the Ford Mondeo ST220 and the Vauxhall Vectra VXR, while offering a perhaps more grown-up alternative to cars like the Subaru Impreza Turbo and Mitsubishi Evo IX. Power comes courtesy of a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine with the benefit of all-wheel drive traction.

Mazda chose the saloon because, it says, the four-door offers a stiffer body-shell as a starting point but it means there’s no load-through facility from the boot because of extra strengthening used behind the rear seats. Mazda expects to sell about 800 a year and at last the Mazda6 has a car in the range powerful enough to exploit its fine chassis.