For This entry-level MX-5 is our pick of the range. For a low price you get a roadster that looks a million dollars, and is huge fun to drive.

Against Standard kit is in short supply. The engine sounds gruff and needs to be worked hard if you want to make swift progress.

Mazda MX-5 Open

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

This is no-frills open-top motoring at its best. The MX-5 is guaranteed to put a big smile on your face and this version is cheap to buy.

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Key facts

9.9 secs
Top speed
121 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
438 miles
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Buyer's notes

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 compared with rivals like the Mini Roadster.

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:

Mazda MX-5 Open 1.8i 20th Anniversary 2dr

my wife and i are now on our 3rd mx5, this time a 20th anniversary edition in pearl white. the car looks amazing. the 1.8ltr engine is in my opinion…

Michael McCusker

4 out of 5 stars

Mazda MX-5 Open 2.0i Sport Tech 2dr

I own a 61 plate Sport Black limited edition same spec as this car. Fabulous is all I can say. Fantastic to drive, responsive in every respect. Build…

John Bowers

5 out of 5 stars

Mazda MX-5 Open 1.8i Sport Venture 2dr

I had a Mk1 MX-5 for seven years until I wrote it off in a minor shunt (one bashed panel is enough when a car is 15 years old, sadly). Now I have a…

Roger Cantwell

5 out of 5 stars

Mazda MX-5 Open 2.0i Sport 2dr

My MX-5 is an 06 plate with 39k miles on the clock and It drives like it just rolled off the production line. I've owned a lot of sports cars over the…

Gus MacDonald

5 out of 5 stars
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