Mazda MX-5 2.0 [184] Sport Tech 2dr Review

Category: Convertible

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
2 doors
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RRP £28,670What Car? Target Price£27,870
Review

The Mazda MX-5 is a terrific two-seat convertible that's great to drive and won't cost a fortune to buy or own. It might not offer the blood and thunder acceleration of the more expensive machines in the sports car class, but with its free-revving engines, sweet gearbox and nimble handling, it’s difficult to beat for pure driving enjoyment.

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The main thing you’re paying for is the 2.0-litre engine, although you do get some useful chassis upgrades. These include larger 17in alloy wheels, stiffer sports suspension, a front strut brace and a limited slip differential. You also get a handy reversing camera and blind-spot monitoring.

If your budget can stretch to it, this 2.0-litre engine ups power to a healthier 181bhp and drops the 0-62mph time down to just 6.5sec. That’s some way off pricier and more potent rivals, yet the engine is a joy to rev out and it's just about fast enough to be exciting. Despite that, it’s still capable of over 40mpg both in official figures and the real world. It’s only available in Sport Tech and GT Sport Tech trims, making it a comparatively pricey buy, though.


Key information

Doors2
Seats2
0-62 MPH6.5 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

40.9

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

130

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

155

g/km

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