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The Top Gear car review:Mazda MX-5

Overall verdict
A complete sweetie of a roadster, this is the best the MX-5 has been perhaps ever.


The same as it’s always been. Just, better than it’s ever been before


Ask us again about that new front end...


What is it?

You know perfectly well what this is – it’s the Mazda MX-5, the car that, 25 years ago, made motoring fun again. And now it’s entering its fourth generation, and still the basic package hasn’t changed. At all. No fashionable turbos or trendy hybrid systems, no double-clutch gearbox, not even an electric roof. Just a simple two seat soft-top with a compact four cylinder engine (of either 1.5 or 2.0-litres) and six-speed manual gearbox. 

Don’t think this is Mazda being lazy, though. Not only is the MX-5 genuinely brand new from the ground up (chassis, suspension, engine, cabin, bodywork, everything), but it’s bucked the usual new car trend by being smaller than the last one and, impressively, over 100kg lighter. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 SE-L 2dr
7.3s 161g/km 40.9 160 £20,260
The cheapest
1.5 SE 2dr
8.3s 139g/km 47.1 131 £18,540
The greenest
1.5 Icon 2dr
8.3s 139g/km 47.1 131 £20,810
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