What is it?
Power shortages for the fourth-generation MX-5 2015 from both powertrains are available – a 1.5-liter unit pushes out 129bhp and a 2.0-liter topper has a greater capacity of 158bhp.
In 2018, the car was mechanically tweaked and saw the power of its top-end variant increase to good power levels. The speed is improved and the curvature is more special at low revs.
Mazda enhances the usability for the MX-5 for 2020. The exterior is gunmetal gray BBS alloy, stainless steel plate. I-Eloop KERS technology and the first stop-start feature on the MX- 5 squad. In addition, the interior is covered with red leather.
Equipped for the test vehicle were 17-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera and adaptive LED headlights, Bilstein dampers at each corner, front struts brace and limited slip differential. In second-from-top Sport Tech trim, it has a comprehensive kit package that belies its relatively low £28,395 list price.
What’s it like?
At a safe speed, Skyactiv engine makes the car quiet and no less subtle. Mazda claims four 2.0-liter turbo engines will crack 41mpg on the WLTP cycle.
MX-5 is not a really fast car, 0-62mph is sent quickly, instead of quickly, 6.5 seconds. This means you can spend a lot of time reaching the limit wherever you like without breaking the law.
Bilstein suspension has the minus point that is the level of collision on the national lane and overtaking speed. It’s not constantly intrusive, but harsher surfaces have the roof mechanism rattling over harsher surfaces; you soon find yourself steering round larger potholes to avoid any harsh jolts. However, the corners can be made fast and flat, and no case of low speed immersion can be experienced with the cushier setting.
The MX-5 is compact, so the internal space is also small and lacks noticeable storage space. A small center console can’t completely compensate for the absence of a glove box, boots that are big enough for no more than a medium-sized suitcase and don’t even have any door pockets.
Should I buy one?
As a hugely capable sports car with more than a touch of civility, this latest iteration of Mazda’s sporting flagship is as much of an all-rounder as it always has been. However, the introduction of new equipment levels has also seen the removal of the non-sport suspended 2.0-litre car, potentially taking the edge off for those looking for more relaxed top-down motoring.
- Price £29,185 On sale Now
- Engine 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
- Power 181bhp at 7000rpm
- Torque 151lb ft at 4000rpm
- Gearbox Six-speed manual
- Kerb weight 1127kg
- Top speed 136mph 0-62mph 6.5sec
- Fuel economy 41mpg
- CO2 155g/km