Now in its fourth generation, the Mazda MX-5 Convertible is still the only two-seat sports roadster you can buy for less than silly money, so it’s really in a class of its own. And while its closest rival in terms of a fun and affordability would be the Toyota GT86, that’s still pricier, and loses out to the MX-5 in another key area: it isn't a convertible.
Any rivals would need to be remarkable to better the fun, lightweight Mazda. It is available with a 1.5 or 2.0-litre petrol engine, both of which offer easily accessible, free-revving performance. The MX-5 is also balanced and light-footed through corners, and comfortable even over broken surfaces.
It’s not perfect, though, so before you head off to your local dealer, carry on reading to get the complete run-down of what’s good, and not so good, about owning an MX-5.