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2018 Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport review - verdict

If the sunny weather has got you yearning for some roof-down motoring, is the Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport worth your consideration?

Words By Alan Taylor-Jones

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Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport

We suspect some of you won’t be too worried about this bit. You already know the MX-5 is a great car and if you’ve fallen in love with the looks of this variant, you’ll have to buy a Z-Sport if you want to drive out of a Mazda showroom with a red roof and BBS wheels. If you’re nodding at this point then you’ll be buying a cracking car.

If, however, you’re stopping your heart overruling your head, we’d suggest looking a little lower down the range. Not only is the SE-L Nav over Β£3500 cheaper, it’s a bit comfier should you be more interested in cruising than attacking your favourite B-road at speed. Sure, you might miss out on a few little luxuries, but you’ll be having way too much fun to care.


What Car? says...

Rated 5 out of 5


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Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport

Price Β£25,610 Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol Power 158bhp at 6000rpm Torque 148lb ft at 4600rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 7.3sec Top speed 133mph Official economy 40.9mpg CO2, tax band 161g/km, 33%

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