The Mazda MX-5 has been named Best Convertible by What Car? for the third year in succession. Approaching its 30th year of production, the revered monthly car review magazine has once again honoured the latest generation of Mazda’s iconic roadster.
Commenting on its victory, What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford said, “It takes a special car to win a What Car? Award, let alone win one three years in a row as the MX-5 now has. However, Mazda appears to have hit upon the perfect open-top recipe: from its quick and easy roof mechanism to its hugely entertaining handling and tempting pricing, the MX-5 is easily the best convertible on sale today. It even manages almost 50mpg in real-world conditions.”
The lightest MX-5 since the iconic original, the Mazda MX-5 is shorter, lower and wider than the Mk3 it replaced. With the smallest overhangs and lowest centre of gravity yet, its dynamic proportions and Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion styling reflects its focus on driving pleasure in an unmistakably contemporary and dynamic way. Featuring Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology, the MX-5’s ultra-efficient petrol engines and lightweight chassis ensure that agility and driver engagement is taken to a new level. With prices starting at €28,195, perfect 50:50 weight distribution and more technology than ever before, the MX-5 convertible has firmly re-established Mazda’s dominance of the affordable sports car sector.
In addition to the MX-5 convertible’s award, the all-new Mazda CX-5 was named What Car’s Best Large SUV in the €31,000 – €40,000 price category, while also being commended in What Car’s True MPG independent real-world fuel economy testing. “The new CX-5 builds on the strengths of the original, but the interior is nicer, plus there’s more kit inside, and in our real-world MPG tests, the 2.2-litre diesel CX-5 out-performed all of its 2.0-litre rivals, as well as many smaller capacity 1.6-litre rivals,” commented What Car?
With 2018 What Car? awards for two of Mazda’s most successful vehicles, 2018 has got off to a winning start.