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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Best sports car for value

More than anything, sports cars need to thrill you. Acceleration is important, but it’s finesse and feel through corners that matter most...

Best sports car for value

Mazda MX-5 1.5 Skyactiv-G SE-L

Car of the Year 2022 - MotorEasy

Top athletes are experts at remaining laser-focused, able to ignore what’s going on around them to concentrate on the task at hand and beat the competition. And that’s exactly what has been done with the Mazda MX-5.

It has resisted the temptation to follow rivals and fit a performance-enhancing turbo, knowing that the 1.5-litre engine has more than enough power to hustle this featherweight up to speed. That lightness has been achieved by trimming the fat wherever possible, and is all the more remarkable considering the toys and safety kit you get.

Mazda MX-5 2022 interior dashboard

It also pays dividends in the handling department, because you’re not having to control lots of excess mass on a twisty B-road. And B-roads are where the MX-5 is most fun. It’s not stuffed with sound-deadening for motorway schleps, like the far pricier Audi TT Roadster. It stays true to its purpose: being the best-value sports car around.

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