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Mazda MX-5

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The Mazda MX-5 is a small two-seat roadster, available with a traditional convertible soft top or a targa-style hard top (called the RF). The current fourth-generation model was launched in 2015 (soft top) and 2017 (hard top), and received updated engines and a few other updates in late 2018.

The MX-5 has been universally acclaimed by the UK and international motoring media, with many outstanding review scores and multiple award wins every year since it was launched – including the World Car of the Year award in 2016.

The Mazda MX-5 has received widespread praise for its driving dynamics, light weight and uncompromised sports car experience. The only real criticisms relate to its lack of space and inevitably poor practicality.

Key specifications

Body style: Two-door convertible (soft-top or hard-top)
Engine: petrol, 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre
Price: From £19,495 on-road

Launched: Summer 2015
Last updated: Autumn 2018
Replacement due: TBA

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: October 2015

84%

ADULT OCCUPANT

80%

CHILD OCCUPANT

93%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

64%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Mazda MX-5 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mazda MX-5 has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports Car for Value
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Sports Car

2020

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Sports Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports Car under £30,000
  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best Sports Car
  • Auto Trader Awards – Most Fun Car to Drive
  • Autocar Awards – Best Affordable Driver’s Car
  • Autocar Britain’s Best Car Awards – Best Fun Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Sports Car

2019

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Cabriolet
  • Auto Express Awards – Roadster of the Year
  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best Roadster
  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports Car under £30,000
  • Auto Trader Awards – Most Loved Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Sports Car

2018

  • Auto Express Awards – Roadster of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Best Convertible
  • Honest John Awards – Most Popular Convertible
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Sports Car

2017

  • Auto Express Awards – Roadster of the Year
  • Auto Express Driver Power – Gold Award (Roadster + Ride and Handling), Bronze Award (Infotainment, Connectivity and Electrics)
  • What Car? Awards – Best Convertible
  • Honest John Awards – Most Popular Convertible
  • Carbuyer Best Car Awards – Best Sports Car
  • Red Dot Design Awards – Best of the Best Award
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Drop Top

2016

  • World Car of the Year + World Car Design of the Year
  • UK Car of the Year + Open Top Car of the Year
  • Auto Express Awards – Roadster of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Best Convertible
  • Sunday Times Top 100 Cars – Best Roadster and Spider
  • Autocar Awards – Best Real-World Driver’s Car

2015

  • Auto Express Awards – Roadster of the Year

2014

  • Honest John Awards – Convertible Award

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