2017 Mazda MX-5 Review

Introduction

Smaller and lighter than its predecessors, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 promises to be a return to form for the world’s favourite sports car. It shares a platform with the Fiat 124, while power comes from Mazda’s own naturally-aspirated 1.5- and 2.0-litre petrol engines.

 

Body Style: Roadster Seats: 2

MRP from £18,310 - £23,455

 

Did you know? The original MX-5 was intended as a spiritual successor to British sports cars such as the Lotus Elan and Triumph Spitfire.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict:★★★★★★★☆☆☆(7.6/10)

The Mazda MX-5 is a sports car bargain. It’s great to drive, looks the part, and represents excellent for value. It’s a shame it falls short on practicality, and some will find it really difficult get comfortable in it.

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Spec & Trim Levels

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Running Costs & Fuel Economy

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Pricing

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

 

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF first drive

We Like

Brilliant to drive

Looks great

Excellent value

We Don't Like

Short on space

Not that fast

Not everyone will ‘get’ it

 

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Design & Ex...