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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 size of the car has reduced a little and excess weight trimmed off, while the styling has been sharpened up making the Mazda more desirable than ever. The affordable roadster may be slowly disappearing from showrooms but the MX-5 is better than ever and still selling well. Competitors still struggle to match Mazda’s clever formula of keeping things simple, light and agile yet sporty and desirable. Few cars are as fun to drive, especially at this price-point. For a two-seater, it remains reasonably practical and comfortable for everyday use.

There are two direct-injection petrol engine options made but only the larger 2.0 litre is sold in the US. The entry-level 1.5 lacks ultimate performance but is perhaps the nicer of the two to drive, thanks to having less weight over the front wheels. 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. Technology has worked its way in there but doesn’t detract from the driving experience. Optional extras are fairly limited so buyers can’t get carried away and ruin the simplicity that makes this roadster special.

The new design aims to attract drivers who previously may have considered the Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster not macho enough and the last generation a little too soft. 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 1735 mm / 68 in
Height 1225 mm / 48 in
Wheelbase 2310 mm / 91 in
Luggage Capacity 130 litres / 4.59 cu ft
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 litres / 11.9 US gal
Warranty 3 years or 60000 miles
Service Intervals 12 miles

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Mazda MX-5 1.5 Roadster

The 1.5 litre engine is compact and lightweight but is potent for its size. The weight saving with this option means that the Roadster's handling is at its very best with this option.

Mazda MX-5 1.5 Roadster Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
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
UK Retail Price from £18,795
UK Insurance Group 25E

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 Fuel Economy (manual) 47.1 mpg / 6 L/100km
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
Power 158@6000 bhp
Power 160@6000 ps
Torque 200@4600 nm
Transmission type 6-speed Manual
Kerb Weight 1075 kg / 2370 lb
UK Retail Price from £21,595
UK Insurance Group 29E

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 Fuel Economy (manual) 40.9 mpg / 6.9 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 161 g/km

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