Mazda MX-5

Mazda has scored a double success at the Used Car of the Year Awards 2005, run by Used Car Buyer magazine, with Mazda MX-5 taking the Best Used Sports Convertible for the second consecutive year and Mazda6 taking the Best Family Car award adding to its huge list of accolades.

Published monthly, Used Car Buyer is the UK's only consumer magazine dedicated to the buying and selling of used cars.

The Mazda MX-5 has been voted Best Sports Convertible of the Year 2005 by Used Car Buyer magazine's panel of motoring journalists and industry experts. The MX-5 took the annual honours for the second year running beating close rivals BMW Z3 and Toyota MR2. It was marked highest for fitness for purpose, value for money, running costs, reliability, residual value and image.

At 15 years old this year the Mazda MX-5 is still the world’s most popular roadster and is renowned for holding its value thanks to excellent reliability and build quality.

In fact a Mazda MX-5 1.8 bought this year would be worth £6,950 in three years’ time holding 43 per cent of its original value, according to residual value experts at CAP Monitor. The figures put the MX-5 comfortably ahead of rivals such as the Toyota MR2 and MGTF. Coupled with running costs of around 36.4p per mile – around 5p a mile less than its chief rivals – it is easy to see why the two-seater roadster is still popular.

The current Mazda MX-5 is available with either 1.6i or 1.8i petrol four cylinder engines. The 1.6-litre engine provides a top output of 110ps at 6,500rpm and maximum torque of 134Nm at 5,000rpm. The result is acceleration from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds, a top speed of 119mph and a frugal 36.2mpg on the combined cycle.

The 1.8i engine has a top speed of 127mph producing 32.5mpg on the combined cycle. It provides a top output of 146ps at 7,000rpm and maximum torque of 168Nm at 5,000rpm. The result is acceleration from 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds.

The Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport model provides the same output and torque as the 1.8i model yet reaches 0-62 mph in 8.4 seconds with a top speed of 129mph thanks to the close-ratio six-speed gearbox, while the combined fuel consumption is still frugal at 31.7mpg.

The Mazda6 won the Best Family Car award, pipping rival Skoda Octavia. Popular with families the Mazda6 offers excellent residual values and running costs making the decision to buy in a crowded segment an easy one. A Mazda6 1.6 TS would be worth £4,650 in three years/60,000 miles, thereby retaining 32 per cent of its cost new putting the model ahead of chief rivals such as the Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Avensis, Renault Laguna and Vauxhall Vectra.

The Mazda6 range of models delivers exciting styling, a dynamic driving experience and exceptional functionality while achieving top-class levels of comfort, safety, craftsmanship, performance and environmental compatibility. With three distinct body styles it appeals across the whole spread of the midsize market sector.

The Mazda6 is available with a four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve petrol engine in three displacements: 1.8-litre 120ps, 2.0-litre 141ps and an advanced 2.3-litre 166ps with Mazda’s Sequential Valve Timing. Mazda also offers a direct-injection 2.0-litre diesel engine with a common rail system available in 121ps and 136ps. Transmissions are offered in five-speed manual and four-speed automatic form as well as five-speed ‘Activematic’ transmission.

To read our in depth road test of the Mazda MX-5 1.6i [ click here ]

To read our in depth road test of the Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport [ click here ]

To read our in depth road test of the Mazda6 [ click here ]

Published : 23/10/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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