Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Mazda MX-5 is the only two-seat sports car you can buy at this price level. Its bigger and more powerful rivals all cost vast amounts more. The 1.5-litre models are more temptingly priced than the 2.0-litre versions, though, as they get surprisingly close to the cost of an entry-level Audi TT Roadster.
Whichever engine you go for, the MX-5 is very cheap to run by sports car standards because it's relatively light and has fairly efficient engines. The 1.5 and 2.0-litre both promise to return more than 40mpg under WLTP testing, and we've regularly experienced similar results in real-world testing. In our True MPG tests, the 2.0-litre returned an impressive 45.1mpg – exceeding the official figures.
For the 2.0-litre, you have a choice of two other trims. Sport Tech adds a reversing camera, 17in wheels, sports suspension and a limited-slip differential (LSD). If you want the 2.0-litre engine, that’s the trim to go for. We'd say top-spec GT Sport Tech models aren't worth the extra because they only add a few cosmetic tweaks, including BBS alloy wheels and nappa leather seats.
The MX-5 is often available with a special or limited edition model which you’ll be able to read about in our versions and specs section.