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Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster

The fourth generation of the now classic Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster sticks to its recipe of success. The folding hardtop and paddle-shift gearbox options have gone as has some excess weight, while the styling has been sharpened up making the Mazda more desirable than ever.

There are two direct-injection petrol engine options. Both are normally aspirated despite the current trend for turbo-charging. The driving experience is hard to fault with the lightweight perfectly balanced chassis providing agile handling. Performance isn’t breathtaking, but the power it does have is completely accessible at legal speeds. That makes it a lot of fun as your daily vehicle. It is easy to live with too; with supple suspension and a well-appointed interior.

The new design aims to attract drivers who previously may have considered the Mazda MX-5 not macho enough. Either way, it is a solid development to a car that has become a design icon and dominated the affordable roadster market for a quarter of a century.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster Details

Production dates2015-current
Length 3915 mm / 154 in
Width inc. mirrors 1735 mm / 68 in
Height 1225 mm / 48 in
Wheelbase 2310 mm / 91 in
Luggage capacity 130 litres / 4.59 cu ft
Warranty 3 years or 60000 miles
Service intervals 12 miles

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Mazda MX-5 1.5 Roadster Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1496 cc
Power 129 bhp
Power 131@7000 ps
Torque 150@4800 nm
Transmission type 6-speed Manual
Kerb weight 1050 kg / 2315 lb
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Mazda MX-5 1.5 Roadster Performance

Max speed (manual) 127 mph / 204 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 8.3 seconds

Mazda MX-5 1.5 Roadster Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 47.1 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 139 g/km

Mazda MX-5 2.0 Roadster

The full-fat 2 litre engine gives an extra kick of power that makes passing slower traffic easier without turning this lithe roadster into nose-heavy porker.

Mazda MX-5 2.0 Roadster Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1998 cc
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Power 160@6000 ps
Torque 200@4600 nm
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Mazda MX-5 2.0 Roadster Performance

Max speed (manual) 133 mph / 214 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 7.3 seconds

Mazda MX-5 2.0 Roadster Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 40.9 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 161 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 161 g/km

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