For The Mazda MX-5 gives you all the fun and style you'd want from a roadster. It's solidly built and affordable to buy, too.
Against The engines are rather boomy, road noise is a nuisance, and running costs aren’t that low compared with rivals’.
What Car? says
Speed, agility and bullet-proof build quality – the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe has everything you could ask from a roadster.
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There are 4 Mazda MX-5 versions available
Target Price team says:
The Mazda MX-5 has become the blueprint for the small, affordable roadster, and it delivers so much more than the sum of its parts.
All versions are great fun, thanks to light-footed, assured handling. There's decent space in the cabin and comfortable seats, even if the boot is rather small.
We reckon the 1.8 gives you all the power you need, although it's easy to see the appeal of the 2.0's extra grunt. The entry-level engine also keeps the cost down and is great value for money. The 2.0-litre doesn’t look like such great value because it’s only available in pricey Sport Tech trim, and the firmer suspension makes the ride a little firm. However, neither version is especially cheap to run, and bear in mind that the Roadster Coupe is a lot more expensive to buy than the soft top.
If you plan to buy an MX-5, keep an eye on Mazda’s website – the firm is always offering high-value special editions.
Reader test team says:
Have owned the car for 8 months now and it is the greatest fun that I've ever owned. Call it my 'smile car'. Every time I get in and go there is a…
The car is reliable and fun to drive. The main problem is the body work , the sills rotted complexly thro after 7 years. I am told this common . The…
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!
Purchased in April 2011 with significant discount from Lifestyle Mazda in Crawley. The dealership impressed in the handling of the sale albeit a…