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  • Launched in 2015
  • Convertible
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2015
  • Body type
    Convertible
  • Fuel type
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Pure, irresistible sports car brilliance

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  •  Pretty styling and appealing interior
  • An impeccable and outstanding drive
  • Generally good value

Not so great

  • Only two seats and a tiny boot
  • Range-topping models are starting to look expensive
  • Might be a shock to those used to isolated modern cars

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Overall verdict

"A modern classic in every sense, the Mazda MX-5 is the best real-world roadster currently on sale. It looks distinctive and feels charismatic to sit in, while the way it drives will take you straight back to a rose-tinted view of the 1960s (rather than the breakdown-prone reality)."

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The Mazda MX-5 was launched in 1990 as the modern-day tribute to the classic Lotus Elan. So successful was Mazda in achieving this, the MX-5 is now a classic in its own right – even the latest fourth-generation model, despite its more pronounced nod to modern car design, is a joyous collectible that anyone passionate about driving should relish. It's certainly one of the best convertible cars out there for the money.



The secret is its simplicity. This is a purist, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive roadster, and anything that’s not central to the driving experience simply isn’t there. In a world where cars are becoming ever more complex, the minimalist Mazda MX-5 (it weights barely more than a tonne) is a refreshing contrast – and enthusiast drivers adore it because of this. Mazda got the formula right straight out the box and has simply worked on perfecting it in the decades that followed.

 

Mazda doesn’t even fit a power roof to the MX-5. The lightweight soft-top instead drops down manually, most often by the driver while sat behind the wheel – and this near-effortless action can be carried out faster than even the world’s speediest electric folding roof.

 

Two engines are available, both normally-aspirated petrol motors. There’s not a turbo in sight, with Mazda requiring drivers to shift gears and use revs rather than relying on the boost of a turbocharger. The smaller engine is a 1.5-litre, but our favourite is the 2.0-litre, which these days revs sky-high and produces more power than ever.

 

You can also buy a Mazda MX-5 with an automatic gearbox, but unless you have to, you shouldn’t. The six-speed manual ’box is utter perfection, with a brilliant action and a feeling of race-bred precision that makes it one of the best manual gearboxes you’ll ever experience.

 

Inside, it’s cosy, as all good roadsters should be. The fundamentals are spot on: the driving position is low, with legs stretched out far ahead and the steering wheel perfectly positioned. The interior is simple and neat, while  the instruments are easy to read. And, aside from a well-positioned colour infotainment system, that’s it. No distractions, nothing unnecessary.

 

Entertainment comes from the drive. And what a drive it is. The MX-5 is light on its feet, packed with feel, and terrifically well balanced. It’s a car that handles like cars used to, flooding you with feedback and making even slow-speed pootles a pleasure. It can’t fail to put a smile on your face – particularly as it blends this tenacity through the corners with a surprisingly supple and pliant ride quality.

 

Of course, being a Mazda means it runs like clockwork. You feel you can thrash it all day long and it will keep coming back for more. This is another part of the MX-5’s better-than-the-real-thing allure: British sports cars of the 1960s were anything but dependable.

 

Value is the icing on the cake. A new MX-5 costs from less than £20,000, and the brilliant range-topping 2.0-litre comes in at well under £30,000. It’s well equipped for the money, too. For enthusiasts, there’s little not to like about the Mazda MX-5 – one of the most honed and perfectly developed cars on sale.

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1.5 [132] Sport 2dr

  • 2020
  • 4,000 miles
  • Perrys Mazda Mansfield
  • Nottinghamshire, NG184GF
Price:£26,495
PCP: £496.03/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £496.03, Customer Deposit: £3,974.00, Total Deposit: £3,974.25, Optional Final Payment: £11,094.00, Total Charge For Credit: £6,430.33, Total Amount Payable: £32,925.33, Representative APR: 12.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.61%, Excess Mileage Charge: 15ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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2.0 [184] Sport Nav+ 2dr

  • 2019
  • 10,645 miles
  • Motorparks Mazda Northampton
  • Northamptonshire, NN39HZ
Price:£22,500
PCP: £400.85/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £400.85, Customer Deposit: £3,375.00, Total Deposit: £3,375.00, Optional Final Payment: £9,171.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,075.75, Total Amount Payable: £26,575.75, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.46%, Excess Mileage Charge: 9.6ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Mazda MX-5 right for you?

If you’re looking for motoring the way things used to be, the Mazda MX-5 is absolutely right for you. It delivers the joy of owning a classic without the headaches and wintry evenings stranded at the roadside waiting for a recovery truck. It gives you all the good bits of retro motoring, with none of the downsides.

 

It also reminds you why we love driving cars. So many models these days feel remote and isolated, but the MX-5 is a refreshing contrast. You have to put a bit of work in, but it rewards you enormously when you do.

 

It’s also a surprisingly cost-effective purchase. The 1.5-litre is fuel-efficient, and even the 2.0-litre isn’t a gas-guzzler. Prices are sensible and retained values are high, particularly for some of the rare special editions. It shows you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a car that’s a damn sight more interesting than the norm. Rediscover the spirit of driving with a Mazda MX-5.

What’s the best Mazda MX-5 model/engine to choose?

Even the baby 1.5-litre MX-5 is worth checking out. Because it’s so light, this 131PS engine still delivers a decent turn of speed, while also returning extremely impressive economy figures – more than 46mpg is unheard of in a rear-wheel-drive sports car.

 

Still, we’d be lying if we said it was the best MX-5 you can buy, because the 2.0-litre version is such a gem. This magnificent engine can’t help but thrill, thanks to its endlessly revvy vibrancy and eye-opening turn of speed when you work it hard. Fuel economy is hardly disastrous either, with almost 41mpg in official tests.  

 

It’s best paired to the top-line Sport version, which has exotic suspension dampers and a limited-slip rear differential to make the most of it. All MX-5 are brilliant, but this version is particularly so.

What other cars are similar to the Mazda MX-5?

Back-to-basics sports cars are thin on the ground these days. Until recently, Fiat offered the 124 Spider – actually, a Mazda MX-5 with a different body and turbocharged engines – plus there’s its even sportier sibling, the Abarth 124 Spider. The Audi TT Roadster is also an alternative, although its focus is more on style than driving thrills. 


Cars such as the Porsche 718 Boxster and BMW Z4 are much more expensive, which is why most looking for fun in this price bracket will actually choose a hot hatchback instead. Think cars such as the Fiesta Fiesta ST or Volkswagen Polo GTI.

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