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Mazda MX-5

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Summary


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. At The Car Expert’s inaugural Car of the Year awards in 2021, it was awarded Class Champion for convertibles, as the highest-rated convertible according to our Expert Ratings.

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.

As of March 2022, the fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 holds an Expert Rating of 86%, based on 40 separate reviews published by the UK media.

Key specifications


Body style: Two-door convertible (soft-top or hard-top)
Engine: petrol, 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre
Price: From £24,355 on-road

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


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Daily Mail

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Daily Mirror

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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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 economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2022, the Mazda MX-5 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Awards


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

2022

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Perk Car

2021

2020

  • 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
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Sports Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Sports Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports Car under £30,000

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Roadster

2014

  • Honest John Awards – Convertible Award

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Mazda MX-5The Mazda MX-5 has been universally acclaimed by the UK motoring media, with many outstanding review scores and award wins every year since it was launched.