Customers in Colchester and the surrounding areas can be confident when choosing to buy either a Mazda MX-5 sports car or Mazda CX-5 mid-size SUV, after both models won prestigious honours at the 2018 What Car? Awards. For the third year in a row, the Mazda MX-5 two-seater sports car was named winner of the Best Convertible title, while the all-new Mazda CX-5 was named the What Car? Best Large SUV.

Available to test drive at the Mazda dealership in Colchester, the latest generation of Mazda’s iconic MX-5 sportscar features Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology. With its lightweight design, sleek cabin and expertly engineered handling, the Mazda MX-5 has earned its place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts.

Gerry Wiggins, Underwoods Mazda Dealer Principal, said, “We’re thrilled that What Car? has honoured the Mazda MX-5 convertible for another year! This two-seater sports car is a brand icon and it embodies all that is great about Mazda’s products. For more than 25 years it has won the hearts of our customers, and with the Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport Limited Edition available in March, this model is sure to continue being a firm favourite for many years to come!”

Priced from £18,795, the Mazda MX-5 line-up includes two SKYACTIV petrol engines, the fun to drive 131ps SKYACTIV-G and the thrilling 160ps SKYACTIV-G engine. Available in SE, SE-L Nav or Sport Nav grades, the 131ps SKYACTIV-G petrol engine can reach 62mph in an impressive 8.3 seconds, and can achieve a top speed of 127mph. For customers in Colchester and the surrounding areas looking for driving thrills, the 160ps SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, available on SE-L Nav or Sport Nav grades, can reach 62mph in just 7.3 seconds, with the handling to match.

The all-new Mazda CX-5 also won at the What Car? Awards, winning the Best Large SUV in the £27,000-£35,000 price category, while the 150ps SKYACTIV-D 2WD Sport Nav Diesel was commended for its performance in the What Car? ‘True MPG’ independent real-world fuel economy tests.

Commenting on the Mazda CX-5 win, What Car? said, “The all-new Mazda CX-5 builds on the strengths of the original, but the interior is nicer, there’s more kit inside and in our real-world MPG tests the 2.2-litre diesel CX-5 out-performed all its 2.0-litre rivals, as well as many smaller capacity 1.6-litre rivals.”

Priced from just £23,995, the all-new Mazda CX-5 is designed with comfort and quality in mind. Inside, the cabin is spacious and luxurious, with ergonomically positioned pedals, controls and steering wheel to provide ultimate comfort for the driver. Powered by a choice of petrol and diesel SKYACTIV engines, including the 165ps SKYACTIV-G petrol engine and the 150ps SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, the all-new Mazda CX-5 achieves fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 132g/km.

Both models are proving popular at Underwoods Mazda and customers choosing either the Mazda MX-5 or Mazda CX-5 can also benefit from 0% APR finance on conditional sale or deposit contributions up to £1500.

For further information on the range of Mazda models, visit the dealership on Ipswich Road, Colchester, CO4 9HS, call 01206 844423.