Mazda MX-5 Car Reviews

The MX-5 is a 2-seater roadster that has been in production since 1989. The MX-5 boasts excellent performance and quality-build. It provides low handling limits, and the steering and suspension are both excellent. The car has undergone some changes but they have been for the better as quality has been improved and the cars continue to look very clean and modern.

Price Range: £18,495 - £23,695
Insurance Groups: 21 - 26
MPG Range: 35 - 40
Score: 5/5
Looks fantastic
Good value for money
Rear-wheel-drive handling
Only two seats
Fuel economy only average
Limited space

Latest Mazda MX-5 Car Reviews:

Mazda MX-5 1.8i SE 2dr - February 2012
The MX-5 is such a polished performer, that it is difficult to choose the best feature. Fabulous handling, sleek styling well equipped and a very simple roof making drop top driving simple and fun,...
Mazda MX-5 2.0i SE 2dr - February 2012
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more fun drive for the cost of this nippy 2-seat roadster. The Mazda MX-5’s excellent reputation for excellent handling and reliability has helped its popularity, a...
Mazda MX-5 2.0i Sport Tech 2dr - May 2013
The MX-5 is one of the original open top sports cars, and has developed a well deserved reputation for being a reliable car that is also great fun to drive and one of the most affordable convertibl...
Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 1.8i SE 2dr - February 2012
This entry level Mazda Roadster Coupé offers the looks and some of the feel of a sports car on a much smaller budget. Stripped down to the bone to keep the price down, you get very little refinemen...
Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0i SE 2dr - February 2012
The MX-5 is such a polished performer, that it is difficult to choose the best feature. Fabulous handling, sleek styling, a well equipped interior and a very simple roof make drop-top driving simpl...

Mazda MX-5 Overview

The Mazda MX-5 provides adequate passenger space for two, and a small boot big enough for a few items. The quick acceleration of the MX-5 coupled with the excellent handling make for a very pleasurable driving experience.

The car is an incredibly stylish one, which is also very reliable and features a comfortable interior. Furthermore, a key advantage is the affordability of the car compared to its competitors.


The first generation Mazda MX-5 was produced between 1989 and 1998. A 4-speed automatic and a 5-speed manual transmission were available, with a choice of 1.6L and 1.8L engines.

The model could reach 60mph from a standstill in 9.1 seconds and topped out at 116mph. In 1993, 1500 limited edition cars were produced with many luxury interior updates.

In 1998 the second generation of the MX-5 was released, which was slightly larger than its predecessor and had received many interior changes.

The model received a facelift in 2001, which gave it a more sporty-looking exterior and an upgraded interior.

The third generation of the Mazda MX-5 has been in production since 2005. It is available with a 2.0 litre engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, is optional.

The model received a facelift in 2009 with a restyled exterior, incorporating new headlights and a larger grille.


The Mazda MX-5 is a stylish sports car that delivers speed, performance and handling brilliantly

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