2018 Mazda MX-5 - verdict

The world's most popular two-seat sports car gets a power boost and new safety...

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Alan Taylor-Jones
29 Aug 2017 20:20 | Last updated: 17 Sep 2018 15:53

No revolution has taken place with this facelift, and we couldn’t be happier about that. Rather than chase 0-62mph times and headline power figures, Mazda has instead focused on making the MX-5's prime 2.0-litre engine more driveable in all conditions. Whether you’re bumbling along at 1500rpm, being amazed by the thoroughly impressive fuel economy, or revelling in the 7500rpm redline as you hurl it into yet another corner, this is an engine to be savoured.

But it’s not just the engine that impresses. Sure, the MX-5 remains cosy inside, but it is undoubtedly now more comfortable thanks to the extra adjustability of the driving position, and tech-heads will love the new smartphone connectivity. While it is a shame the new safety kit can only be had with the top two models, the MX-5 remains one of our favourite cars currently on sale today.


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Rated 5 out of 5


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Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport Nav+

Price £24,795 Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol Power 181bhp at 7000rpm Torque 151lb ft at 4000rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 6.5sec Top speed 136mph Official economy 40.9mpg NEDC CO2, tax band 156g/km, 32%

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