What's the used Mazda MX-5 sports like?
This is a good-looking two-seat sportster. It has a front-engine, rear-drive chassis that delivers plenty of grip and steering with precise feel. Oh, and fun - by the bucket-load!
True, the 99bhp 1.6 is not quick enough for something most people would call a sports car, but the 124bhp 1.8 engine is a belter. And, both are all the more exciting thanks to the superb fast-shifting gearbox and direct clutch.
You don't so much sit in the snug cabin as slot into it, but it's still comfortable, despite a lack of steering- or seat-height adjustment. However, while it's well made, it's also basic and light on equipment unless you pick the top-level Sport model. The boot is small, but a useful shape, which is a relief, as there's nowhere really to store your belongings in the cabin.
Roof up, the car's pretty refined, but lowering the soft-top - as you'll want to at every opportunity - is a cinch: just pop two clips and push it back. Once it's down, you'll certainly be conscious of the wind ruffling your hair, but that's the whole point of the car. Besides, it's well within acceptable bounds until you reach motorway speeds, and even then it's not too bad.