The all-new Mazda MX-5 has won the Best Convertible title at the 2016 What Car? Awards.
The latest version of the Japanese-made roadster was also heralded as the best Convertible buy for under £25,000 at the ceremony. The lightest MX-5 since the legendary original, the all-new Mazda MX-5 is shorter, lower and wider than the model it replaced.
Featuring Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, the all-new MX-5’s frugal engines and lightweight chassis ensure new levels of performance and economy. Agility and driver engagement has also been boosted, while at the same time the latest MX-5 meets ever-increasing safety requirements and delivers enhanced refinement. With perfect 50:50 weight distribution and more technology than ever before, the model has firmly re-established Mazda’s dominance within the affordable sports car market.
The What Car? Test team said: “In terms of fun per pound, this little roadster has the market cornered. Sure, there are faster hot hatches with more power, but they don’t deliver the fresh-air frolics and sweetly balanced rear-wheel-drive handling of the Mazda. Everything about it feels ideally suited to the UK, from grip levels to the high-revving engine and diminutive proportions.”
Having already been named Japan Car of the Year 2015/16 and 2015 Auto Express Roadster of the Year, the all-new Mazda MX-5 has also been shortlisted for European Car of the Year. Collecting the What Car? Award, Mazda Motors UK Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson commented: “We’re delighted with both the customer and media response to the all-new MX-5. This car is our brand icon and it embodies all that is great about our products. Its fun to drive character has strengthened the bond between Mazda and its customers for 25 years, and today it’s the ultimate example of how our SKYACTIV Technology and KODO design philosophy help us deliver stylish, spirited and great to drive cars.”
Another Mazda model – the CX-5 was also recognised at the What Car? Awards. Taking top honours in the Best Buy for less than £25,000 Large SUV class, What Car? said that, “the Mazda CX-5 retains its crown at the cheaper end of the large SUV class, helped in part by the revisions applied last year. Mazda has revised the suspension, refreshed the styling and improved the interior, infotainment and noise suppression. It remains spacious inside and usefully practical, and the ride is more forgiving. In short, it’s a superb car made better.”