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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
Length 4020 mm / 158 in
Width inc. mirrors 1720 mm / 68 in
Height 1245 mm / 49 in
Wheelbase 2330 mm / 92 in
Turning circle 9 m
Luggage capacity 150 litres / 5.3 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 50 litres / 13.2 US gal
Warranty 3 years or 60,000 miles
Service intervals 12,500 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 type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1798 cc
Power 126@6500 ps
Torque 123@4500 lb.ft
Transmission type 5-spd manual
Kerb weight 1150 kg / 2535 lb
UK retail price from £18,495
UK insurance group 21

Mazda MX5 Miata 1.8 Performance

Max speed (manual) 121 mph / 195 kph
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 type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1999 cc
Power 160@6700 bhp
Torque 138@5000 lb.ft
Transmission type 5-spd manual
UK retail price from £18,785
UK insurance group 13/27

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i SE Performance

Max speed (manual) 132 mph / 212 kph
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
CO2 emissions (auto) 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 type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1999 cc
Power 160@6700 bhp
Torque 138@5000 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual / 6-spd PowerShift
UK retail price from £21,595
UK insurance group 13/26E

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0i Sport Tech Performance

Max speed (manual) 132 mph / 212 kph
Max speed (auto) 119 mph / 192 kph
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 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 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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