Mazda MX-5 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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Introduction

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The Mazda MX-5 is, quite simply, one of the best loved and most recognisable sports cars you can buy. From the first-generation model some 30 years ago to today’s fourth-generation effort, it has swept up sports car accolades and earned a huge, dedicated global fanbase. It’s safe to say, then, that it’s earned its sporting stripes, with a focus on plastering a big, silly grin on your face.

But as a sports car, it competes in one of the toughest segments out there. In this class you can count all manner of genuine icons as rivals, including the Porsche 911 and Alpine A110. But the MX-5 is one of the cheapest, competing with the Toyota GT86 at the lowest end of the price bracket.

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And to broaden its appeal, it also overlaps the convertible class, and makes a strong case for itself there, too. Sure, you can find rivals such as the Mini Convertible and Fiat 500C for similar money (and less), but neither offers quite the same traditional sports car appeal.

All versions are rear-wheel drive and buyers can choose between 1.5 or 2.0-litre petrol engines. There's also the option of the slightly more expensive Mazda MX-5 RF, which has a metal folding roof rather than a fabric roof. We’ve reviewed that model separately.

Carry on reading over the next few pages for a complete rundown of what’s good, and not so good, about owning a Mazda MX-5. And if you decide that it’s the sports car for you, head over to our New Car Buying pages for a great deal with absolutely no hassle.

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Number of trims5 see more
Available fuel typespetrol
MPG range across all versions40.9 - 44.8
Avaliable doors options2
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles

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