Mazda MX-5 Skyactiv-G 160, Toyota GT86 Pure, Hyundai Veloster Turbo 41 Photos Zoom

Mazda MX-5 vs. Toyota GT86 vs. Hyundai Veloster: Asian roadsters fight it out


Toyota’s GT86 is actually one of my personal favourites when it comes to affordable everyday sports cars. Even if some would call it archaic, I like its uncomplicated concept. It’s pleasing. The Pure model takes it a bit too far though; you really notice that they’ve cut costs in the tyres and the brakes, neither of which are worthy of being mounted on a sports car. The normal GT86 costs a pittance more and drives incomparably better. Even faster than that, but rather on the expensive side is the TRD version with sports brakes and a sports chassis. Based on points alone, the Veloster Turbo manages to vanquish the GT86. It drives faultlessly, but sadly without emotion either. The Hyundai is lacking that certain something that tempts you back to the driving seat time and time again. Both the Toyota and the Mazda have that something. Even if there are a great many prejudices with which the MX-5 must deal, you have to hand it to Mazda. They’ve built a fantastic car here. It’s just over 1,000 kg, naturally aspirated with 160 BHP under the bonnet, rear-wheel drive and a mechanical differential lock. And you know what? It doesn't need anything else.




Rossen Gargolov


31 January 2016
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