Now in its forth generation, the Mazda MX-5 convertible remains one of the only two-seat sports roadsters you can buy that doesn’t cost silly money. While its closest rival, the Fiat 124 Spider (which is based on the MX-5 platform), is perhaps a touch more stylish, that car simply doesn’t offer the same thrills as its Japanese cousin.
Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise; the MX-5 has long been one of the most rewarding driver’s cars on the market, regardless of price. The reason? Mazda has managed to keep the recipe simple.
Currently, buyers get a choice of a 1.5 or 2.0 petrol engine, both of which offer easily accessible, free-revving performance, while a 50/50 weight distribution ensures that the lightweight MX-5 is balanced and light-footed through corners.
It’s not perfect, though, so before you head off to your local dealer, carry on reading over the pages to get the complete rundown of what’s good, and not so good, about owning an MX-5. And if you do decide the MX-5 is for you, head over to our new car deals page – you could get yourself a tidy saving on the list price.