MR2 is a spirited roadster with superb handling and an easy-to-fold hood. There's limited luggage space, but MR2 makes up for that by being surprisingly refined, frugal on fuel and lots of fun.
- Superb handling and precise steering
- Optional hardtop makes it an all-weather car
- Good quality; bags of fun for the money
- Snug cabin and very little luggage space
- Access/exit difficult with the hood up
- Hard ride reduces enjoyment on long journeys
If all you want to do is have fun, then MR2 is a better choice than many rival two-seaters. The powerful engine is mounted just behind the cockpit; it's smoothly responsive and works well with the slick six-speed gearbox to deliver real sports car thrills. Corners are a speciality, with lots of grip and the knowledge that a well driven MR2 can leave many bigger cars behind.
You don't expect a small roadster like this to be refined, but it is. Whether the roof is up or down, noise is never intrusive. MR2 always feels solid, and the quality of the build and finish shines through.
Some might moan about the measly luggage space, but that's a bit unreasonable: this is not meant as a practical car. But it's affordable to run, returning good fuel consumption. It has also proved to be reliable, keeping running costs low. And it holds its value well.
Need To Know
JD Power stars: 4
Best Models: 1.8 VVTi (manual)
Worst Models: None
Quality & Reliability
Value for Money