The Mazda MX-5 has been named ‘Best Sports Car for Value’ in the 2022 What Car? Car of the Year Awards. With this latest recognition from Britain’s leading car review title, the current fourth-generation of Mazda’s iconic sports car has won an award from What Car? every year since its debut in 2015.
Recognising the 132ps 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G engine as their sweet spot of sports car value, What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford said: “you might think you need a big bank balance to enjoy sports car thrills, but the MX-5 proves that’s not the case. Mazda has resisted the temptation to follow rivals and fit a performance-enhancing turbo, knowing that its 1.5-litre engine has more than enough power to hustle such a light car up to speed. What’s more, the MX-5’s featherweight bulk pays dividends in the handling department, making it feel perfectly suited to British B-roads.”
Since its debut at the 1989 Chicago Motor Show, across all four-generations the Mazda MX-5 has perfectly embodied Mazda’s famous Jinba Ittai ‘car-and-driver as one’ ethos, which combined with its style, fun factor and affordability has seen it become world’s bestselling two-seater sports car. As popular as ever, the Mazda MX-5 continues to be the performance halo of the Mazda range and the 10-model 2022 Mazda MX-5 range features four Convertible models with six Retractable Fastback RFs.
The Mazda3 was the first car to be powered by Mazda’s Skyactiv-X engine. This 2.0-litre four-cylinder 180ps engine features the highest compression ratio of any production petrol engine in the world and is also the first production petrol engine to exploit the benefits of compression ignition. Providing drivers with the free-revving performance of a petrol engine, its lean burn capabilities combined with the Mazda M Hybrid mild-hybrid system ensure outstanding fuel economy and low emissions.
Mazda UK Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson said: “the Mazda3 is already winning over customers with its quality, style and driver engagement, so recognition in the UKCOTY Awards is fantastic. In a marketplace that has seen the launch of lots of great cars across many sectors, it’s a real testament to the Mazda3 that it’s taken a category win in a segment as competitive as the family hatchback class.
I’m also delighted that the Mazda3 is a contender for the overall UK Car of the Year title, where I’m sure the innovative Skyactiv-X engine will help the Mazda3 stand out with the judges. Another example of Mazda’s convention defying powertrain innovation, it offers our customers a truly unique blend of fuel economy, low emissions and performance from a petrol engine.”