Because the MX-5 is the only new two-seat sports car available at this price level, there’s nothing to directly rate it against. However, we’ve mentioned previously in this review that the RF hard-top is quite a bit more expensive than the soft-top MX-5 Convertible, with only a small gain in refinement. As such we’d recommend sticking with the cheaper Convertible unless the need for a hard-top is compelling.
You could also look at the Toyota GT86 or Subaru BRZ. Both are more expensive than the MX-5 RF and are coupés rather than drop-tops, although they do offer four seats.
Being a relatively lightweight car with pretty efficient engines should make the MX-5 RF cheap to run – we haven’t been able to run our real-world fuel economy tests yet, but even the 2.0-litre version is claimed to average a decent 40.9mpg.
PCP costs are likely to be tempting, too, if the Convertible version is anything to go by, which is with routinely offered with enticing deals.
Services are due every year or 12,500 miles, whichever comes first, and while Mazda’s fixed-price service plan isn’t the cheapest around, it’s a reasonable cost and can be paid in monthly instalments.