There aren’t that many cars that meet with universal acclaim but the Mazda MX-5 is certainly one that does. This two-seat convertible is probably the most affordable straight-line sports car on the market – one that offers astounding acceleration, agile handling and a joyful driving experience in general. Despite its super-quick capabilities, the MX-5 delivers everyday usability and remarkably low running costs. Depending on the engine you choose, it’s capable of achieving 0-60mph in roughly 6.3 seconds and can return as much as 44.8mpg.
The Mazda MX-5 looks every bit as dynamic as it performs. Compact and lightweight with 16” or 17” alloy wheels, it sits low to the ground and impresses with a muscular bonnet and distinctive LED daytime running light signature.
Rear-wheel-drive. A lightweight design. SKYACTIV Technology engines. All these elements combine to create one of the purest driving experiences on the road. You’ll make excuses just to go for a drive and you’ll love the soft-top roof on sunny days.
The Mazda MX-5 has all your adventures sorted. The 130-litre boot is nice and deep with plenty of space for a small suitcase, and the cabin has lots of room for two passengers, with plenty of storage spaces and cup holders.
Living with it
Despite its sporty credentials, the Mazda MX-5 will return up to 47.1mpg combined. It comes well equipped too, with LED headlights fitted as standard across the range, and a 7” touchscreen with satellite navigation on SE-L Nav and Sport Nav models.
Quick it may be but the MX-5 is also very safe, thanks in part to the inclusion of driver and passenger front and side airbags and ISOFIX child-seat anchorage. Several standard-issue driving aids feature, too, such as Dynamic Stability Control, which helps counteract wheel spin by applying braking pressure and/or cutting engine power when necessary.