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Mazda MX-5 (2009-13)

Overall Rating

5 stars

The MX-5 has been upgraded to smooth out the angles, it is now rounded and Porsche-like in looks, improved efficiency and auto option.

For
  • Sporty looks
  • Fun to drive
  • Throaty noise from exhaust
Against
  • Cabin is a bit snug if you're large
  • Rivals have simpler hood mechanisms
  • Road and wind noise at higher speeds
Road Test

The cute sports car has grown up and got a more mature look, no longer is it cute and angled but smooth and curvy. Inside has revised trim around the dash and grown up gadgets such as Bose stereo and leather seating as an option or standard on Sport version. Mazda have kept the manual hood on the convertible which is quick to fold back. Engines are 1.8i and 2.0i for both the convertible and roadster coupe models, efficiency has improved with the 1.8i returning around 39mpg and the 2.0i at 37mpg. Throaty roars come from the exhaust and what still impresses is MX-5's agile, supple chassis, its direct, communicative steering, and its fluid ride. It remains one of the most rewarding small sports cars around and incredibly fun to drive.

Need To Know

Best Models: 2.0i

Replacement: 2012


Alternatives
Mazda MX-5 (2009-13)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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