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Mazda MX-5

9/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mazda MX-5

£18,540£24,060

Driving

What is it like on the road?

Mazda MX-5 front

Mazda has lasered in on the really important things with the new MX-5. Important things like the driving. And, oh boy, is it good. We know what you’re thinking, “it’s only got a 1.5-litre engine with 129bhp, it hasn’t got enough power to get out of its own way”. But in a car that weighs less than a tonne, we promise you that’s enough. The SKYACTIV-G engine is torquey, sounds great and is well matched to the chassis. Which is a honey. 

It dances along difficult roads, the new MX-5. OK, we’d like a drop more steering feel if we’re being really picky, but the chassis itself is plenty communicative, the ride is good and it’s more refined than you’d think. It’s an absolute peach. It’s proves there’s a joy in simple things. Heavens, even changing gear is bliss.

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

8/10

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

£54,830£114,310
Rear-drive two-seat roadster with proper joie de vivre? How about a Jaguar F-Type? Tis a bit angrier than the MX-5, admittedly
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