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Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present) review

Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda MX-5 sports?

The MX-5 has few immediate rivals that fulfil the same niche.

The Mini Convertible is similarly cheap to run and benefits from a wider range of engines. However, it also has a pathetically narrow boot opening – but at least you can fold the rear seats down to load longer items. It is front-wheel drive, meaning you don’t get the same handling balance as the MX-5, but it is still a fun drive. You will have to pay a bit more for it, but the Mini does have a superior interior to make up for that.

For sporting thrills for similar money, the BMW Z4 is a two-seater with a more refined folding metal roof and a more luxuriously appointed dashboard. Earlier cars came with a fantastic six-cylinder engine, which is certainly a step up from the engines in the MX-5.

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What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda MX-5 sports?

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Verdict

Carefree fun in the sun for a reasonable price – the Mazda MX-5 is a fantastic two-seat convertible that doesn’t cost the Earth to run

  • Outstanding ride and handling balance
  • Performance suited to UK roads
  • Low running costs
  • Wind noise at speed
  • Limited storage
  • Driving position lacks adjustment