Mazda MX-5 named UK Car of the Year 2016
Mazda’s brilliant fourth generation roadster triumphed in the Best Open Top Car category before being considered for the overall award.
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John Challen, Director of the UK Car of the Year Awards, hailed the latest MX-5 as “the perfect roadster”.
“It’s a lightweight engaging, simplistic and even practical vehicle, which is an absolute pleasure to drive,” he added.
The winners of the 12 categories are decided by a judging panel made up of 27 UK-based journalists including our very own Al Suttie, who commended the fourth generation MX-5 for staying “true to the original spirit of the MX-5: light, nimble and enormous fun.”
For Nat Barnes from the Express, the new MX-5 was “the best car I drove in 2015”, while Car Magazine’s Tim Pollard described it as “a fabulously polished and democratic sports car”.
The new MX-5 was also named Best Convertible in our ContractHireAndLeasing.com Car of the Year Awards earlier this year, before losing out to the Audi A4 for the overall Car of the Year honour.
It could still go on to clinch the World Car of the Year title too, after being named as one of three finalists at the World Car Awards. We’ll find out if it triumphs when the winners are announced at the NY Auto Show on 24 March.
Jeremy Thomson, MD of Mazda UK, was delighted that the MX-5 had picked up yet another award. “The MX-5 embodies all that is great about our products. Its fun to drive character has earned it a place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts the world over,” he said.
Full list of UK CotY 2016 winners (from first place to last):
|1||Mazda MX-5 (Best Open Top Car)||Business / personal|
|2||Volvo XC90 (Best SUV)||Business / personal|
|3||Skoda Superb Estate (Best Estate Car)||Business / personal|
|4||Jaguar XE (Best Executive Car)||Business / personal|
|5||Vauxhall Astra (Best Small Hatch)||Business / personal|
|6||BMW 7 Series (Best Luxury Car)||Business / personal|
|7||McLaren 570S (Best Performance Car)||More info|
|8||Smart Forfour (Best City Car)||Business / personal|
|9||Mazda2 (Best Supermini)||Business / personal|
|10||Skoda Superb (Best Family Car)||Business / personal|
|11||Ford S-Max (Best MPV)||Business / personal|
|12||Ford Mustang (Best Coupe)||Business / personal|