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Mazda MX-5

(2015 - present)

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.

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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

2020

  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Sports Car under £30,000

2019

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