Used Mazda MX-5 2015-present review

Category: Sports car

Section: Ownership cost

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Ownership cost

What used Mazda MX-5 sports will I get for my budget?

Prices for a Mazda MX-5 start at around £12,000, which is a good price considering the popularity of the car. If you want the more powerful 181bhp 2.0-litre available from mid-2018 onwards, expect to pay around £20,000, but to keep up to date with used prices use our free valuation tool to make sure you are getting the best deal.

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How much does it cost to run a Mazda MX-5 sports?

MPG

Since even the more powerful 2.0-litre petrol has a combined fuel economy of 40.9mpg, fuel costs are very reasonable, although that figure drops to 39.2mpg if you go for the automatic gearbox. The 1.5-litre unit is even more economical at 47.1mpg.

CO2 emissions

Not all the engine options for the MX-5 were available before the 1 April 2017 tax change, so we’re only concentrating on the ones that were here. 

The one that produces the most CO2 is the 2.0-litre auto at 167g/km, while the manual is a little bit cleaner at 161g/km. Neither can match the smaller 1.5 at 139g/km.

Car tax (VED)

Road tax for pre-April 2017 cars will be based on the amount of CO2 produced (see above paragraph). In April 2017, the tax system was altered to be a flat rate and applies to all vehicles registered after this date. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.

Servicing

Servicing isn't quite as cheap as it is for mainstream rivals, but won’t be the worst out there. And if you do find a cheaper like-for-like service at an independent garage, Mazda will aim to match it on price.

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