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The sterling qualities of the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Neil Lyndon

To be lent one terrific Mazda may be regarded as good fortune; to borrow two in succession might look like tearing the arse out of it (as my dear old Mum used to say when she thought anyone was overdoing it a bit). In the case of the CX-5, the changes are all invisible from the outside. Ever since it …

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MX-5 RF Sport Tech Absolutely fan-bloomin-tastic!

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Kieran Bicknell

As a rule, no two journalists share the same opinion on a car, especially the MX-5. After all, that’s what makes journalism so interesting – opinions. Indeed, I thought, the ‘hype’ around the MX-5 was exaggerated? Yes, each time I’ve been in the passenger seat of (older) MX-5s, they’ve seemed fun on flowing, twisting roads, but in a straight line, …

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Reviewed | the Mazda CX-5 Kuro Edition

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

The Mazda CX-5 Kuro SUV is one of those ‘special editions’. How special is it? In this case, with the CX-5 Kuro Edition; just 750 owners should be happy with their unique Soul Red Crystal Metallic or Polymetal Grey Metallic SUV, with contrasting 19-inch black wheels and black mirror caps. The black theme continues inside with a black dash and …

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Welcome to the Mazda MX-30, our first impressions of the electric SUV

In Car Reviews, Electric cars, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

SUVs are the way ahead and have been for some time; similarly, EVs are powering forward and will become more and more available over the coming years. So called ‘range anxiety’, when the driver is worried whether or not the car can be re-charged before the journey comes to an untimely end, is what the industry is grappling with. The …

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Mazda6 Tourer 2.5 GT Sport Nav Auto, a real looker

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

Something of a rarity these days are 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engines. So, what was it like in the Mazda6 194PS GT Sport Nav? Not that it’s hugely fast, with zero-to-sixty-two mph in 8.1 seconds…but that’s undoubtedly quick enough for everyday performance for most drivers. The automatic six-speed gearbox gave smooth changes. The car is also equipped with a ‘sport’ mode operated …

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Reviewed Mazda2, a giant in spirit

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Neil Lyndon

Little big car. The analogy came suggested itself because the top-spec 1.5 litre GT Sport Nav version of the Mazda2 we borrowed provided all the frills and extras you’d expect in a big luxobarge while being physically a tiddler of a supermini in the league of the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo. Leather upholstery with tastefully subtle contrast panels? Tick. …

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Mazda CX-30, a pretty reasonable compact SUV

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Neil Lyndon

If you are the kind of person who sees the Porsche Cayenne Turbo as the most complete car on earth, the one that would fulfil all your needs and make every dream come true…but… If the Porsche is a nine for performance, driving dynamics, interior luxury and swank appeal, the Mazda would be somewhere between six and seven. Obviously, these …

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The orange MAZDA MX-5 RF 30th Anniversary

In Car Reviews, Mazda by Tom Scanlan

It’s orange and still great fun. The standard 2-litre engine is the heart in this 30th anniversary MX-5, so it can go like s**t off a shovel, if you want! Good thing I’m not six feet tall – if I was, I would be unlikely to fit comfortably into this superb little sports-car. The cabin is cosy, to say the …