It’s official: Underwoods Mazda sells UK’s best convertible sports car​

The team at Underwoods Mazda in Colchester is celebrating the announcement that the Mazda MX-5 has been named winner of the prestigious Best Convertible title at the 2017 What Car? Awards for the second year running.

Available to test drive at the Scotts Corner dealership, the latest generation of Mazda’s iconic roadster beat more expensive models to the overall title and also topped its category – being named the best convertible to buy for under £25,000.

Commenting on its victory, What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford said, “Despite facing new competition from the mechanically similar Fiat 124 Spider, the Mazda MX-5 has triumphed again. We love its rev-happy and punchy 2.0-litre engine, its simple mechanical roof and its temptingly low price. Even better, the MX-5’s ride and handling proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that less is more. Its lightweight chassis construction makes for a driving experience that’s guaranteed to brighten your day, and with surprisingly good fuel economy, this is a fun car that’s both cheap to buy and run.”

Gerry Wiggins, Dealer Principal at Underwoods Mazda said, “We’re thrilled that What Car? has once again honoured the new Mazda MX-5 convertible. With its lightweight design, sleek cabin and expertly engineered handling the Mazda MX-5 has cemented its place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts. This car is a brand icon and it embodies all that is great about Mazda’s products. Its fun to drive character has delighted our customers for more than 25 years and now, with the forthcoming launch of the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF, we’re excited to begin another chapter of this amazing car’s success story.”

Mazda MX-5 exterior
Mazda MX-5 interior
Mazda MX-5 boot space

With prices starting from £18,495, the Mazda MX-5’s engaging driving dynamics, in-car connectivity, fuel economy up to 47.1mpg, and acceleration from 0-62mph in as little as 7.3 seconds, makes it a great package for customers buying from the Colchester dealership.

Underwoods Mazda customers are offered a choice of five trim levels, from SE to Sport Nav, and options of either the 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre petrol engines with six-speed manual transmission. All models come with alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather steering wheel and a lightweight fabric hood.

Ahead of the debut of the all-new Mazda CX-5 later this year, the current Mazda CX-5 was also honoured at the What Car? Awards, taking top honours in the ‘Best Buy for less than £25,000 Large SUV’ class.

Commenting on the award win, Steve Huntingford added, “The Mazda CX-5 retains its crown at the cheaper end of the large SUV class because it remains spacious inside and usefully practical. With generous standard equipment, a decent-sized boot and useful 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, the CX-5 can deal with all that family life can throw at it. The Mazda CX-5 is also one of the best handling large SUVs, while its lively engine impresses with enough performance to haul you along fully loaded. Finally, relatively cheap finance deals and competitive running costs keep it affordable.”

For further information on the Mazda MX-5, all-new Mazda MX-5 RF and the all-new Mazda CX-5 or to book a test drive, call Underwoods Mazda on 01206 844423, visit the dealership at Scotts Corner or go online at