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Mazda MX-5

The new Mazda MX-5 is a basic roadster, that is genuinely fun to drive

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.8 16V VVT 126 hp 7.3 l/100km Petrol 9.4 s 196 km/h
2.0 16V VVT 170 hp 7.7 l/100km Petrol 7.9 s 210 km/h

Body type Roadster
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 2
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 3 995 mm
Width 1 720 mm
Height 1 245 mm
Wheelbase 2 330 mm
Ground clearance 136 mm
Weight (normal) 1 155 kg
Weight (max) 1 355 kg
Boot space (min) 150 l
Boot space (max) 150 l
Fuel capacity 50 l


   The Mazda MX-5 roadster of the third generation is produced since 2006.

   It is available either with a 126 hp 1.8-liter petrol, or a 170 hp 2.0-liter unit. Engine output and acceleration are below average, in fact performance is downgraded comparing with a previous model. However the new Mazda MX-5 has a better fuel consumption. Both engines come with a five-speed manual gearboxes, while the 2.0-liter model has an option of a six-speed manual 'box.

   The ride is comfortable and controlled over broken surfaces, while the cabin remains free from shakes. This car is impressively agile, while the rear-wheel-drive arrangement gives slick handling and plenty of grip. The steering is precise and full of feel.

   On the MX-5 windscreen and the high-backed sports seats isolate the breeze from the driver and passenger as much as possible. The wind noise is also well contained with the roof up. However if you live in a cold country, go for a hard-top Roadster Coupe, rather than the soft-top. The only minor disappointment is an exhaust note, which sounds like a mad lawn mover, when revved hard.

   Despite that the new Mazda MX-5 has a price increase, it remains extremely popular. It is not expensive to run and the fuel consumption is also reasonable. It's resale values are likely to be strong as well. Reliability isn't a concern as there are masses of old Mazdas MX-5 on the road in perfect condition. On of the reasons is in a relatively simple design and nice build quality.

   Inside the car interior is durable and nicely fitted together. The dash has a classy appearance. All the major controls are logically laid out and simple to use. There are also some storage spaces around the driver. Some of the plastics are not of the highest quality though.

   The new Mazda MX-5 received a much improved driving position. Unlike the old model even the taller drivers can find themselves comfortable.

   This car has one of the easiest-operating drop-tops. The boot is not very large, considering that there is also no spare wheel, however it can still take a couple of small bags.

   On the safety list there are twin front and side airbags, while the 2.0-liter model adds electronic stability control. Safety equipment consists from an alarm and immobilizer, however the soft-top is obviously easier to brake in.

   Equipment level of the new Mazda MX-5 is only average. It is offered with electric windows and mirrors as standard, but that's pretty much everything what you will get. The top-of-the-range model comes with a leather upholstery, larger alloy wheels and some other minor trim elements.

   Production of the Mazda MX-5 still continues.


   Advantages: Affordable roadster which has everything that you will expect from a this type of car. Drives nicely and is cheap to run.

   Disadvantages: Unacceptable performance and it could have more standard goodies.

   Verdict: Basic, but well priced and genuinely fun roadster.

   Also consider: Honda S2000, Opel GT.


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