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’.
Speed, agility and bullet-proof build quality – the Mazda MX-5 has everything you could ask from a roadster.
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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.
Purchased new with whopping discount so it was such great value for money. Owned now for over three years and is everything I could hope for from a…
I would love to say I love this car and most of the time I do. It's good fun, it's fast, it looks great, it's comfy and with the top down it turns…
I purchased a 2nd hand MX5 2 litre at the end of last year. I have done nearly 700 miles in it and I have to see that I pretty much agree with most…
Mark de Fleury
It's actually the 2.0 litre Niseko that my wife owns (1.8 not available to select!). My wife absolutely loves this car and when I can get my hands on…
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 and run.