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.