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Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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34 reader reviews for Mazda MX-5 Open.
  • 2.0i 2dr

    Mark Petty , Herts . Date: 24/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I previously drove an Audi A4 1.8T Sport, which handled well and had a flexible turbo engine. The 2.0 in the MX-5 has such a broad torque band that I haven't missed the turbo. Its small size and nimbleness make it a joy round town and it handles speed bumps brilliantly, maintaining body control through the obstruction.

    The handling is astonishing, the car reacting instantly, precisely and predictably to steering inputs with little discernible inertia when changing direction. I could not hitherto have dreamt how well this car would drive.

    The boot and numerous cabin storage spaces are bigger than I had hoped for in a car of this type. The only disappointment are the four cupholders - the two in the centre console should have been a rectangular storage area. Interior equipment is stingy; air-conditioning, cruise and auto-closure/one touch operation for the electric windows should be standard.

    In contrast four airbags, stability control/braking aids, and the limited slip differential are welcome safety aids. The key fob suffers from interference and refuses to work in some places that I have parked in. The convertible top is excellent - one easy catch and a simple mechanism makes it a pleasure to use, meaning you'll use it even for short journeys.

    I'm a skinny 6'4" tall and I just fit comfortably. Similar height people will have a job fitting if they are bigger built, so try before you buy. Petrol usage is low as are servicing costs, insurance is reasonable fo

  • 1.8i 2dr

    Kenny Hopkins Date: 20/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I'm lucky enough to have two cars to play with.

    My usual car is an Audi A6 (2005) which is fantastic for motorway driving, and for towing; perfect for my 110 mile commute each day.

    My second car is an MX-5, and I've just changed it from a Mk2 to the new Mk3 model.

    The Mk3 brings a significant change in interior design and quality; bringing the Mx-5 beautifuly up-to-date with sympathetic use of chrome and good quality plastic components (which so far, are as good as the fitting on my other car, the class leading A6)

    The Mk3 base engine (1.8i versus the 1.6i) feels more responsive than the outgoing engine, and the refinement is there (not) to be heard, as it's quieter in the cabin.

    Boot space remains semi-practical, as they've removed the spare wheel and now supplied a puncture repair kit.

    All-in-all, the Mk3 is a major improvement over the Mk2; but yet remains fun, exhilarating and practical (for a two seater cabriolet).

  • 2.0i Sport 2dr

    Peter Cope Date: 05/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've got the latest Series 3 with climate control. It reminds you of what driving is really all about.

    Handling has to be experienced to be believed. The safety aids will be useful if something exceptional happens – so it's best not be clever; leave these switched on! It's sunny today, so I did the commute home with the top down.

    All this and group 13 insurance, at least 34mpg and economic servicing. I’m impressed – and that takes a lot. 'Nuff said.

  • 2.0i 2dr

    Linda Bruce , Aberdeenshire . Date: 19/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove a Silver 'S' reg model - I loved it, but the brake pedal had to hit the floor before the car slowed down - is this normal?

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