From its quick, easy roof mechanism to its unfettered yet effective petrol engine and smart interior, simplicity is what makes the MX-5 stand out among convertibles.
That sense of purpose also comes through in the driving experience, which is head and shoulders above either of our other contenders’.
And while the MX-5 can’t match the Audis for material quality or refinement, you’ll be having too much fun to care. Add in the MX-5’s excellent value, efficiency and everyday usability and you can see why this roadster is easily the best convertible on sale today.
THAT OUR CONVERTIBLE of the Year from 2017 is in the running again should come as no surprise.
Beneath its taut styling, the MX-5 has one of the most agile chassis around, with a terrifically responsive front end that darts into corners and lots of grip.
Both of the MX-5’s engine options are gems; we prefer the 2.0 for its extra low-down shove, but even the 1.5’s willing nature makes it a joy to drive. And because neither engine is all that powerful, you can have fun in the MX-5 without fear of losing your licence.
The MX-5 fits its convertible brief well, too, with a simple manual fabric hood that can be flipped up and down in seconds from the driver’s seat. And while space is a bit tight, softly sprung suspension ensures the ride is comfortable, while the combination of a lightweight body and super-efficient engines means that the MX-5 costs peanuts to run.
True, there are roomier convertibles in this price bracket – the Mini Convertible, for one. But what the MX-5 lacks in space, it makes up for elsewhere by offering real character for a relatively low price.Read full review Compare deals