Mazda MX-5 named Roadster of the Year

The new Mazda MX-5 has been named Roadster of the Year at the annual Auto Express New Car Awards.

Britain’s biggest-selling weekly car magazine, Auto Express commended the MX-5 for its fun to drive character and the wide range of features on its latest fourth-generation model.

Due to arrive in dealerships from late August, the newest version of the MX-5 is the lightest and best-handling version since the original MkI, which was released all the way back in 1989.

Lightest and best-handling MX-5 yet

Having made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, the latest MX-5 comes with a choice of nine models across five trim levels, with more dynamic proportions and high-tech kit.

Across the range, all models come with alloy wheels, LED headlights and a leather steering wheel, along with a lightweight fabric hood, while higher trim grades get even more equipment.

Among this is Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, larger alloy wheels and even rear parking sensors, heated seat and a premium Bose surround-sound system.

Wide range of features and kit

The motoring publication also praised the MX-5’s cost-effectiveness, with the latest version presenting itself as one of the best value for money sporting options on the market.

“When it was launched in 1990, the 115ps Mk1 MX-5 cost £14,249 – equal to £31,687 in today’s money,” said Jeremy Thomson, Mazda UK’s managing director.

“Yet 25 years later with vastly more standard equipment, the all-new Mazda MX-5 costs from £18,495, meaning more than ever the Mazda MX-5 sets the benchmark as the one of the world’s best and most affordable sports cars.”

Alongside the new MX-5, Auto Express also awarded commendations to Mazda’s two newest models, the Mazda2 supermini and the CX-3 compact crossover SUV.

Commendations for the Mazda2 and CX-3

Mr Thomson added: “We’re equally delighted that Auto Express has recognised the all-new Mazda2, which brings new levels of refinement, style, quality and technology to the supermini sector, while at the same time delivering a little bit of MX-5 magic with its fun to drive handling.

“And Auto Express’ commendation of the all-new Mazda CX-3 is a fantastic start for our first ever small SUV, which arrived in dealerships on the 19th June.”

The new Mazda MX-5 is available to order now, with prices starting from just £18,495, with first deliveries expected from the end of next month.