Mazda MX-5

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The Mazda MX-5 is a small two-seater sports car, and probably the most popular one ever built. On sale in the UK since 1989, over one million have been sold since its introduction. Over the years it’s had many rivals including the MG TF, MG F, Honda S2000, Suzuki Cappuccino, MG B, Toyota GT 86, Subaru BRZ and even the Audi TT Roadster

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The Mazda MX-5 is a small two-seater sports car, and probably the most popular one ever built. On sale in the UK since 1989, over one million have been sold since its introduction. Over the years it’s had many rivals including the MG TF, MG F, Honda S2000, Suzuki Cappuccino, MG B, Toyota GT 86, Subaru BRZ and even the Audi TT Roadster

Initially it was a tiny little thing with pop-up headlights, used either a 1.6-litre or 1.8-litre petrol engine, five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearboxes and some had limited-slip differentials; but all had the folding fabric roof and pop-up headlights the NA MX-5 (this model’s internal coding) became known for.

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

Mazda MX-5 RF 2017 on

4.4 out of 5
Mazda MX-5 RF 2017 on

New price range:
£25,635 - £33,070

Used price range:
£11,178 - £23,199

  • Quiet and refined with roof up
  • Boot space almost identical to soft top MX-5
  • Great fun to drive
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Generous standard equipment list
  • Resonant wind noise with roof open
  • Divisive styling
  • Pricier than soft-top MX-5
  • Heavier than soft-top MX-5
  • Tight for taller drivers

Mazda MX-5 Convertible 2015 on

4.4 out of 5
Mazda MX-5 Convertible 2015 on

New price range:
£23,735 - £29,570

Used price range:
£8,380 - £21,750

  • Driver involvement
  • Sweet 1.5-litre engine
  • Gearchange
  • Styling
  • Lacks storage space
  • Cabin is very snug
  • Fiddly steering wheel buttons

Mazda MX-5 Convertible 1990 - 2005

4 out of 5
Mazda MX-5 Convertible 1990 - 2005

New price range:
£13,895 - £22,510

Used price range:
£552 - £1,820

Classic modern roadster, affordable.
Cheap 'Eunos' imports without history.

Mazda MX-5 Competitors

MG F

MG F

MINI Convertible

MINI Convertible