“There’s a lot that other car firms could learn from Mazda”

Deputy editor Graham Hope thinks Mazda’s constant search for innovation is paying huge dividends, and that others should take note

Opinion Mazda MX-5

We’ve been hugely excited about the new Mazda MX-5 since it was unveiled last year. After 25 years of record-breaking sales, the new model had a lot to live up, and we all breathed a sigh of relief when it looked just as you’d want it to.

More than most cars, though, the MX-5 will be defined by how it drives, so its real moment of truth came this week when we got behind the wheel for the first time. There was more relief, then, when associate editor Jack Rix reported that Mazda has made the most thrilling version of the roadster yet.

Advertisement - Article continues below

"Cars at the bottom of the affordability scale shouldn't be underestimated"

As you’d expect of a company that has always set its own rules, it’s done so by bucking a few trends. The new MX-5 is smaller than its predecessor for a start. It does without a raft of different driving modes, too. And there’s no turbocharger, which really is going against current convention.

This constant search for innovation is paying huge dividends, as there can’t be another car firm in the world that is on such a strong run of form.

All its major recent arrivals – the CX-5, the 6, the 3 and the 2 – have been hugely impressive, and we have high hopes, too, for the CX-3, due to launch later this year. Other brands should be looking at Mazda’s unique approach and taking notes.

Geneva Motor Show 2015: full preview

If Mazda is a company whose range of cars is spot-on, Renault is one who got it quite wrong for a while. But the Clio and Captur started a fightback, and now there’s a new crossover on the way with genuine potential. The consensus in our office is that the Kadjar looks really quite desirable. And the name?

Well, it’s certainly not the most obvious choice, but as Nissan’s Qashqai has shown, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

What do you think of Mazda's recent models? Would you buy one over potential rivals? Let us know in the comments below...




'The advice around what we should do before, during and after we drive our cars is less than clear'

Only essential driving during the Coronavirus lockdown is allowed, but what we need to do before, during and after our journey isn't as clear, says Mi…
5 Apr 2020

‘It’s Car Care Week, so head outside and show your motor a little love’

If you can’t drive your car, editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks you should wash it instead. When you're done, send us a pic and we’ll print the best
1 Apr 2020

'The temporary shutdown of car factories could benefit manufacturers and customers'

With car factories around the world closing temporarily, it may give manufacturers the chance to clear out the current backlog of unsold new cars, say…
28 Mar 2020

‘JLR’s very British approach: keep calm and carry on’

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler praises Jaguar Land Rover on both its ability to handle a crisis
26 Mar 2020

Most Popular


New SEAT Leon 2020 review

The all-new SEAT Leon hatchback impresses with its blend of sporty handling and cutting-edge technology
3 Apr 2020
Hyundai i20

New 2021 Hyundai i20 N to rival Ford Fiesta ST with 200bhp

New Hyundai i20 N to join i30 N in brand’s hot hatch line-up and our exclusive images preview how it could look
2 Apr 2020
Hyundai Kona electric front
Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric to get increased range from July

UK-delivered Hyundai Kona Electrics will be outfitted with a handful of mechanical revisions, boosting the SUV’s maximum range to 300 miles
18 Mar 2020