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Mazda MX-5

The go-to roadster for over a two decades now, the MX-5 is still hard to beat in the performance and affordability stakes

New Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport 2018 review - front

Price: £21,995Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl
Power: 158bhpTorque: 200Nm0-62mph: 7.3 secondsTop speed: 133mph

The latest Mazda MX-5 has lost none of the driver’s appeal that its predecessors had. With a near perfect handling balance and just enough power to raise a smile, this front-engined, rear-drive two-seater offers pure, unadulterated fun.

The extra performance, equipment and value that the 2.0-litre version brings makes it worth stepping up from the 1.5-litre. With the larger capacity providing the responsiveness to make the most of the chassis, helping create a package that few manufacturers have tried to match, let alone beat. Also, if you go for the RF version with the folding metal hard top it's as comfortable and refined as a coupe.

Best cheap fast cars 2018

  1. 1. Ford Fiesta ST
  2. 2. Caterham 7 160
  3. 3. Mazda MX-5
  4. 4. Volkswagen up! GTI
  5. 5. Hyundai i30N
  6. 6. Honda Civic Type R
  7. 7. MINI Cooper S
  8. 8. Toyota GT 86
  9. 9. Suzuki Swift Sport
  10. 10. Fiat 124 Spider
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