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MAZDA MX-5 CONVERTIBLE SPECIAL EDITION

2.0 [184] 100th Anniversary Edition 5dr

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Mazda has boosted the appeal of its fourth-generation MX-5 roadster. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Is there another car sold today that rivals the Mazda MX-5's legacy? The Porsche 911 is an icon and the Toyota GT86 might well become one. The Volkswagen Golf is a name most can identify with, but the MX-5 is special. It has rewritten the record books again and again for sports car sales and its recipe of light weight, driver focus and simple front engine/rear drive layout just has an inherent rightness about it that hasn't dated. But, as is the case with most cars, successive generations get bigger and heavier. The MX-5 hasn't been immune to this issue, customers demanding improved safety, more equipment and better quality as each successive generation has been developed. With this MK4 model though, originally launched back in 2015, Mazda drew a line in the sand and went back to the light, tactile approach that made the MX-5 so great in the first place. Now the company's added a touch of extra power and technology to the equation.

Driving Experience

As before, this fourth generation MX-5 is offered with either a 1.5-litre unit or a 2.0-litre engine but both these normally aspirated petrol powerplants have been significantly worked upon. The 1.5 still puts out 132PS, but the 2.0-litre powerplant's original 160PS output has been now raised to 184PS at a heady 7,000rpm (up from 6,800rpm). You always did have to rev MX-5 engines hard to get the best from them.. Torque has risen slightly with the 2.0-litre, from 200 to 205Nm. Mazda says that this 'SKYACTIV-G' 2.0 unit is now higher-revving and acoustically-tuned. The rest to 62mph sprint time is now 0.8s faster at 6.5s. This improved fourth generation design continues to conform to five key criteria that Mazda claim define the MX-5 - rear drive with a front-mid engine layout, 50/50 weight distribution and an eagerness to change direction, plus a low kerb weight and an affordable price. All soft top models get six-speed manual gearboxes but the 2.0-litre version of the RF folding hard-top variant can be ordered with an optional paddleshift auto. The MX-5 isn't about straight line pace, it's about agility and tactility. Because the engines are so small, they can be tucked down and back in the car. Mazda reckons the bonnet and overhang used here are the lowest and shortest of any production model. Weight has been pared back by using aluminium for the bonnet, boot and front wings, while the soft top hood is also very light, improving the centre of gravity. Much of the front suspension is aluminium, as is the gearbox casing, the differential casing and the bracing that runs down the car's backbone. The virtuous circle of weight saving means that the smaller wheels only need four bolts as opposed to five. Lower rotational masses mean that the brake assemblies can also be made smaller, simpler and lighter.

Design and Build

As before, there are two bodystyles on offer, the classic soft-topped roadster and the folding metal-roof RF variant. The shape of the MX-5 hasn't changed radically from generation to generation. This one's no exception, but there's a bit more aggression about the detailing, the car looking like a shrunken Jaguar F-Type roadster from the rear three-quarter. Some have thought there's something a bit fishy-looking about the front end but it'll probably grow on you. See one in the metal and you'll be amazed at just how tiny it is. It's fully 105mm shorter in overall length than the previous generation version, despite the wheelbase only being 15mm less. It also stands 20mm lower and 10mm wider. Lower and wider is always good for a roadster's stance. In another clever touch, the seat cushions are supported on netting instead of the usual metal springs, allowing Mazda to reduce weight and seat the driver's hip point closer to the road. A lower driver then means the windscreen header rail can shift backwards, in this case by 70mm, which in turn means the hood is shorter and lighter, and also easier to package when folded. See what we mean about that virtuous circle?

Market and Model

The MX-5 may be quite a bit more expensive than you remember. Prices for the soft-top version with the base 1.5-litre 132PS engine theoretically start at around £24,000 - that's for a base 'SE-L' model - or around £26,000 if you want plusher 'Sport' trim. There's a premium of £1,900 if you want the folding hard-top RF body style. If you'd like the perkier 2.0-litre 184PS powerp[lant, you'd get two dedicated trim grades - 'Sport Tech', priced in soft top form from around £28,500; and top 'GT Sport Tech', priced in soft top form from around £30,000. Again, there's a £1,900 premium to add on if you want the RF body shape. With the 2.0-litre engine, you'll also be offered the option of paddleshift auto transmission for £1,600 more, though only if you choose an RF model. Even base models come with alloy wheels, LED headlights, a leather steering wheel, plus a lightweight and sleek fabric hood. SE-L versions add LED daytime running lights, climate control air-conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth and cruise control, plus Mazda's MZD-Connect connectivity and infotainment system with 7-inch colour touch-screen display and Multimedia Commander. SE-L models with the 2.0-litre engine get gunmetal 17-inch alloy wheels and piano black door mirrors, as well as benefiting from a strut tower bar and limited slip differential. Navigation is optional. Step up to Sport trim and both the 1.5 and 2.0-litre cars feature rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, Premium Bose Surround-Sound and heated leather seats. With the 1.5-litre engine, 'Sport' trim MX-5's come with 16-inch gunmetal alloy wheels and piano black door mirrors. 'Sport Tech' models with the 2.0-litre engine get sports suspension featuring Bilstein dampers, a limited slip differential and strut tower bar, and can be identified by their 17-inch alloy wheels and body coloured mirrors.

Cost of Ownership

Stick with light weight and modest power outputs and this dictates a raft of affordable costs. The MX-5 has long been the exemplar of the affordable sports car and emissions are agreeably low, the 1.5-litre engine pegged at 138g/km (NEDC), with 44.8mpg possible on the NEDC combined cycle. The 2.0-litre engine is rated at 156g/km (WLTP) and 40.9mpg - or 157g/km and 37.2mpg in auto form. Owners can keep up to date with their car's maintenance schedule via the instrument binnacle trip computer screen and the 'Applications' section of the 'MZD-Connect' centre-dash monitor. To help you keep track of what work has been carried out, you can access a 'Digital Service Record' online and use a useful 'My Mazda App' to receive reminders about servicing, book your car in at your local dealership and access a digitally-stored record of your model's service history. Residual values ought to hold up well, with the MX-5 a favourite amongst used car buyers due to its relative simplicity, strong reliability and low cost to insure.

Summary

Weight is the enemy. Excess weight in a car dulls its responses, makes it harder to turn, stop and accelerate, ensures that it drinks more fuel and puts greater stresses on virtually every moving part, parts which then have to be beefed up and made heavier to cope. The Mazda MX-5 reverses that cycle, stripping weight off which in turn allows it to pare more weight back with other simple lightweight componentry. It's a brilliant piece of engineering. It also goes to show that you can probably have more fun with 1.5 litres worth of MX-5 than you can with some supercars. No, that's not hyperbole. Try it and you'll see. If you measure your cars in terms of smiles per mile, the MX-5 has to be right near the top of your shortlist.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions155.00g/km

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7" colour touch screen with Mazda connect infotainment
  • Aha and stitcher app
  • Analogue speedometer
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Cruise control with manual speed adjustment and adjustable speed limiter
  • Driver alert system
  • Electronic odometer
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Hands free phone preparation
  • Integrated bluetooth with audio transfer from Bluetooth devices
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Multi dot display tachometer and electric odometer
  • Multimedia Commander including separate volume dial
  • PAS
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Remote boot release
  • Reversing camera
  • Service indicator
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer
  • Water temperature gauge

Entertainment

  • 2 USB/aux input socket
  • Integrated Mazda navigation system with 3 years free European map updates
  • Premium Bose sound system with 9 speakers with 2 in each front headrest, AM/FM/DAB radio and single CD/MP3
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/bluetooth controls

Exterior Features

  • 100 Years 1920-2020 exterior badging
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automated High beam assist
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Black scuff plates with stainless steel insert
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body coloured electric/heated door mirrors
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Dusk sensitive headlamps
  • Electric Front windows with one touch up/down facility
  • Exterior body colour co ordinated upper door panel trim with black vinyl and silver stitching
  • High mounted rear brake light with Black coloured cover
  • LED 3rd brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Manually operated cherry premium cloth soft top with heated rear glass window
  • Pearlescent paint
  • Piano Black fashion bars
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Rear combination lamp
  • Rear fog lights

Interior Features

  • 100 Years logo embossed on the headrests
  • 12V socket
  • Black plastic wind blocker
  • Burgundy interior carpeting
  • Burgundy luxury floor mats with 100 Years badging
  • Centre console coin box
  • Chrome Air conditioning dials
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Driver and front passenger seat manual slide, recline and tilt adjustment
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisors with covered vanity mirror and driver ticket holder
  • Front head restraints
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Heated front seats, in 3 heat levels
  • Interior courtesy light
  • Interior storage located behind seats
  • ISOFIX front passenger seat child seat compliance
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Lockable rear centre box with lid
  • Luggage compartment light
  • Perforated nappa leather upholstery
  • Sports seats
  • Strut brace
  • Tilt/height adjustable steering wheel
  • Two cupholders

Safety

  • 3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners
  • ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
  • Collision avoidance braking
  • Deployable Hood System (DHS)
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Driver and passenger seatbelt reminder audible warning
  • DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill hold assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Smart City Brake Support - SCBS
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Remote central locking with deadlocking and 100 Years branded Smart keyless entry key fob
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser

Technical

  • I-ELOOP
  • i-stop
  • Limited slip differential
  • Sports suspension featuring Bilstein dampers

Trim

  • Black vinyl with silver stitching dashboard panel
  • Chrome meter rings
  • Chrome with white insert circular air vent surrounds

Wheels

  • 17" Bright alloy wheels
  • Tyre puncture repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    208
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    145

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1998
  • Compression Ratio
    13.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    91.2
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    44.1

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    184
  • Based On ID
    92064
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    100th Anniversary Ed
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    33A
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    84
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    80
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    4
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    93
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    64
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • Engine Power - BHP
    184
  • Engine Power - KW
    135
  • Engine Power - RPM
    7000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    151
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    20.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    205
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4000

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1230
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    3915
  • Wheelbase
    2310
  • Width
    1735
  • Width (including mirrors)
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    45
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    130
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • No. of Seats
    2
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4
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