The beginner’s guide to Mazda

If you’re in the UK, your choice of Mazdas is limited to a select few models. There’s the Mazda 2 supermini, the Mazda 3 hatchback (you can also get a saloon version), the Mazda 6 (saloon or estate), the CX-30 crossover and the CX-5 mid-size SUV.

Then of course there’s the MX-5 convertible, perhaps the company’s greatest contribution to driving pleasure over the last 30-odd years. It has led the way in the affordable sports car sector for what feels like forever, and with few carmakers showing much of an interest in this part of the market, it doesn’t look like changing any time soon.

In a sign of the times, Mazda has recently launched its first proper electric car in the shape of the MX-30. Fitted with a 35.5kWh battery it’s good for 124 miles of range; there’s even some cork inside as a nod to the firm’s heritage.

Beyond these shores there’s a CX-4 crossover (China only), a CX-8 flagship vehicle in Japan, a larger CX-9 (North America, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and parts of Asia), plus a sprinkling of commercial vehicles.

In Japan, there are also a few kei cars (basically city cars) that continue to sport the Mazda badge in some form or another.

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