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Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster (2005-2015)

The Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster is the Father of the modern convertible. Back in the 1980’s the convertible market had lost its way and almost completely dried up. In 1989 Mazda created a new car based on the principles of the 1960’s european sports car; a simple vehicle which is stylish and fun to drive but also affordable. It was an enormous hit and it is still the rule by which all other roadsters are judged.

This third major revision, known as the NC, remains true to the original concept. It may have grown a few luxuries but it is still a simple, affordable and above all fun car to own and drive.

In 2009 The MX5 Miata received cosmetic updates including the latest Mazda family grinning front grill.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster Details

Production dates2005-2015
Length4020 mm
Width inc. mirrors1720 mm
Height1245 mm
Wheelbase2330 mm
Turning circle9 m
Luggage capacity150 litres
Fuel tank capacity50 litres
Warranty distance60,000 miles
Warranty length3 years
Service Intervals12,500 miles

Mazda MX5 Miata 1.8

The 1.8 base Miata isn't as quick as the 2 litre but it is still fun to drive and the roadster in its purest form. We'd save up a little more and get the bigger engine though as there really isn't much to lose economically.

Mazda MX5 Miata 1.8 Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 4
Engine size1798 cc
Power126@6500 ps
Torque123@4500 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual
Kerb Weight1150 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £18,495
UK Insurance group21

Mazda MX5 Miata 1.8 Performance

Max Speed (Manual)121 mph
0-60mph (Manual)- seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)9.9 seconds

Mazda MX5 Miata 1.8 Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)39.8 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)167 g/km

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i SE

Now in its third major revision it remains true to the original concept. It may have grown a few luxuries but it is still a simple, affordable and above all fun car to own and drive. The 2 litre is the more powerful of the two engines available; it is plenty quick enough without drinking too much fuel.

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i SE Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 4
Engine size1999 cc
Power160@6700 bhp
Torque138@5000 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual
UK Retail pricefrom £18,785
UK Insurance group13/27

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i SE Performance

Max Speed (Manual)132 mph
0-60mph (Manual)7.6 seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)- seconds

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i SE Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)38.2 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)177 g/km

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i Sport Tech

The Mazda MX5 Sport Tech comes with 6 speed gearbox - either a paddle-shift system called 'PowerShift' or a rather better manual. The PowerShift is let down by being a bit sleepy.

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i Sport Tech Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeStraight 4
Engine size1999 cc
Power160@6700 bhp
Torque138@5000 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / 6-spd PowerShift
UK Retail pricefrom £21,595
UK Insurance group13/26E

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i Sport Tech Performance

Max Speed (Manual)132 mph
Max Speed (Auto)119 mph
0-60mph (Manual)7.6 seconds
0-60mph (Auto)8.5 seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)7.9 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)8.9 seconds

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i Sport Tech Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)36.2 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)35.8 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)181 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)188 g/km

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2 Owner Reviews

Do you drive a Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This Mazda has 2 owner reviews.

  1. civicads says:

    My car is a 2010 Grand Touring PRHT. It’s the 3 rd Miata we’ve had in the family – one of each generation . It’s the most comfortable, best all around model yet. The hardtop reduces unwanted wind noise which our previous versions (including a 1999 with removable hardtop) all suffered from with the top up.

  2. ShyRaini says:

    I had wanted this car since its first launch in 1989; after long saving (budget) I now proud to own one in 2009. Always been my dream car.
    Its a very nice and comfortable to drive car, recommended to all sporty enthutiasm.
    Those who had modified their car kindly share them with me by droping me an email.

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