Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The basic layout of the MPS is similar to the standard Mazda6 and has some of the improved materials offered since summer 2005. The driver's seat is electrically adjustable and the steering wheel can be manoeuvred for for reach and height. The two large dials for speedometer and rev counter add to the sporty feel of the car as do the plentiful circular air vents.

Occupants of the Mazda6 MPS are well catered for comfort. The roomy cabin has leather trim as standard, as well as electric windows and automatic climate control. Three adults should cope with a journey in the rear without any problem. Noise levels are louder than for the standard Mazda6 with the exhaust note tuned for aural pleasure and lower profile tyres.