“Despite facing new competition this year, the Mazda MX-5 has triumphed again. We love its rev-happy and punchy 2.0-litre engine, its simple mechanical roof and its temptingly low price. Even better, the MX-5’s ride and handling proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that less is more. Its lightweight chassis construction makes for a driving experience that’s guaranteed to brighten your day, and with surprisingly good fuel economy, this is a fun car that’s both cheap to buy and run.” –WhatCar?, 2017.
2016 World Car of the Year and 2016 World Design Car of the Year
The all-new Mazda MX-5 has won the contest of highest distinction, the 2016 World Car Design of the Year award. The iconic MX-5 triumphed over other finalists Audi A4 Sedan/Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz GLC at the New York International auto show on March 24th 2016. In addition of winning the main award this year, the MX-5 has also been awarded World Car Design of the Year. Text here ...
The Mazda MX-5 has added to its growing trophy collection by taking the prestigious Best Convertible title at the 2016 What Car? Awards. The latest generation of Mazda’s iconic Roadster was also named as the best Convertible buy for under £25,000 at the annual awards ceremony.
In a market obsessed by huge power outputs and Nürburgring lap times, the MX-5 makes a refreshing change. It produces just 129bhp from its entry-level 1.5-litre engine, but it’s smaller than the 1989 original, and Mazda’s engineers have obsessively pared weight back to a lean 1,050kg. That’s why the roof mechanism is manual.
On the road the MX-5 changes direction like a featherweight boxer, revs freely, and allows you to use all the power without troubling the traction control. Upgrade to the 2-litre and you get 158bhp, a limited-slip differential and uprated sports suspension. Perfect.