2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition verdict

The Ronseal of limited-run specials, the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition celebrates 30 years of the world's best selling sports car. But is it worth the money?...

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition side

In addition to its long list of infotainment tech, the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition comes with all the other toys found on the well equipped Sport Nav+ model. However, at £28,095 for the soft-top and £29,895 for the RF, the special edition car attracts a £3000 premium.

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary with Mk1 MX-5

If you’re an MX-5 enthusiast, then you probably won’t bat an eyelid at that figure; about half of the 30th Anniversary Editions have already been sold. But for anyone else, it doesn’t look like especially good value.

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition rear

Our advice would be to go for the standard car, because it’s a terrific and very reasonably priced two-seater, regardless of the spec – or colour – you choose. 

For more information on the range as a whole, including the other trims and engines available with the MX-5 and how it compares with rival sports cars, you can read our full Mazda MX-5 Convertible and Mazda MX-5 RF reviews.

What Car? rating: 4 out of 5

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Mazda MX-5 Convertible 30th Anniversary Edition

Price £28,095 Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol Power 181bhp @ 7000rpm Torque 151lb ft @ 4000rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 6.5sec Top speed 136mph Official mpg 40.9mpg (WLTP) CO2, tax 156g/km, 35%

Rivals: Audi TT Roadster, Mini Cooper Convertible

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