Been running the mazda now for a month and 1500 miles, so thought I'd put in a review.
Still not too sure about the looks, the hump in the Bonnet for the intercooler does give the appearance of power, but, still not sure.
Cabin build quality certainly not that of an Audi, but everything is well appointed and no rattles etc to this point.
Now for the good stuff, still can't believe the standard equipment, which would be an extra in an A4; Multi function wheel, Cruise, Bose, 6cd changer, Mettalic paint, 18" wheels, Electric sunroof, Full Leather, Armrest, 4 wheel drive. But best of all 260bhp.
To get a 4 wheel drive A4 with 260bhp and these extras would be somewhere in the region of £33k+!!!
The biggest difference is the ride, no body roll at all, but it doesn't crash over the bumps like the A4 sport does. On my route home from work, there are 3 corners where if pushed my old A4 would always wash out and the traction control would go mad, so far in the MPS I can't get the traction light to come on, And my one wild push on a private road resulted in 4 wheel drift!
I think its going to be fun, time will tell, but with Mazda's reliability rcord I'm not expecting to be at the dealer on a monthly basis with problems.