Used Mazda MX-5 Coupe Cabriolet 2005 - 2015 review

Category: Sports car

Fun, fast and rock solid: what more could you want from a convertible sports car?

Mazda MX-5 Coupe Cabriolet (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Coupe Cabriolet (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Coupe Cabriolet (05 - 15)
Used Mazda MX-5 Coupe Cabriolet 2005 - 2015 review
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What's the used Mazda MX-5 coupe like?

Unlike previous generations of MX-5, this model is available in two different guises: to complement the traditional soft-top roadster, a Coupe Cabriolet was introduced. Its electrically powered folding hard top gives the refinement of a coupe, but allows you to get the wind in your hair at the touch of a button.

The MX-5 is one of the best-driving cars available, regardless of budget or badge. Both hard- and soft-top models are impressively agile. The steering is precise and full of feel, while the rear-wheel-drive chassis offers fluid handling with bags of grip. The ride is comfortable and controlled over broken surfaces, especially in the hard-top coupe, which has slightly softer suspension settings.


Fun, fast and rock solid: what more could you want from a convertible sports car?

  • Great to drive, reliable and desirable
  • Limited boot space, but that's about it

A two-seater sportscar can never be described as practical, but the MX-5 is comfortable and reasonably roomy for two, while the boot provides a good usable space for smaller bags.

Ownership cost

What used Mazda MX-5 coupe will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mazda MX-5 coupe?

Official fuel economy stands at 38.7mpg and 36.7mpg for the 1.8 and 2.0-litre models respectively, while the Sport drops to 34.5mpg. However, in the real world you'll struggle to achieve these figures if you enjoy the car's performance to the full.

The 1.8-litre is cheaper to insure, at group 11, compared with the 2.0-litre at group 13. The 1.8 generates 174g/km of CO2, with the 2.0 at 183g/km. Revised, more efficient engines when the car was facelifted in 2009, bringing the 1.8-litre down to 167g/km and the 2.0-litre to 177g/km.

Mazda dealers are excellent for servicing, but using one of the many independent specialists will save money, especially on cars out of warranty. A great reputation and desirable image mean that the MX-5 depreciates slower than most cars, so you'll lose less money in the long run.

Our recommendations

Which used Mazda MX-5 coupe should I buy?

There are far more roadsters than Coupe Cabriolets on the market. The first is cheaper to buy, but the second does have a slightly higher spec as standard, so it's not bad value.

Avoid the entry-level model, which come with steel wheels, unless it has the Option Pack fitted. This adds alloys, a leather steering wheel and cabin trim, and a stereo upgrade. The 1.8-litre model is fast enough, and slightly cheaper to run. However, if you want to make the most of the MX-5's agile chassis the 2.0-litre is best. The larger-engined model also comes with electronic stability control and side airbags as standard. The Sport, only available as a 2.0-litre, has alloys as standard, as well as leather upholstery and heated seats.

The range was facelifted in 2009, with changes to the front and rear bumpers, door mirrors and enhanced cabin trim. SE replaced the old entry-level trim, while Sport Tech superseded Sport.


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