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Mazda MX-5 Coupé Cabriolet 2.0i
Price: £23,295 on-the-road.
It should come as no surprise to you that the Mazda MX-5 has come second place in our list of the best drivers cars for under £25k new, but if you need a little persuasion, here's why it made it:
Prices for the Mazda MX-5 start from just £19,995. It is the cheapest rear-wheel-drive coupe of its type you can buy. The cheapest models are powered by a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine that develops 125 bhp and 123 lb /ft of torque - that's not very much, and as such, 1.8 MX-5's have a 0 - 62 mph time of just 9.9 seconds. In other words, they get smashed by hot hatches and diesel saloons alike.
That's why you should skip this set up and go for the range-topping 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, which develops a healthier 158 bhp and 139 lb /ft of torque, which is enough to drop the 0 - 62 mph time to 7.9 seconds. That's still not fast, but here's the thing - the Mazda MX-5 isn't about going fast in a straight line. It's all about agility, handling, and involvement, three areas the MX-5 excels in.
It benefits from a near 50:50 weight distribution, a sharp throttle response, and direct steering. Out on country roads this makes the Mazda MX-5 a pleasure to drive and when conditions get a little slippery, you'll have more fun in this 'slow' coupe than you'll ever have in a front wheel drive hatch.
Sport Tech Nav trim gets you climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, leather heated seats, plus much more. Opt for this range topper and you'll benefit from good residuals.
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