Mazda MX5 2.0i
When Mazda launched its MX-5 Roadster back in 1989, there can be little doubt that it had come up with a winning formula.
Prior to the launch of this third generation Mazda MX5, some 375,000 MX-5’s have been produced. For Mazda to tinker with the formula too much would be suicide. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Mazda haven’t so much changed the new Mazda MX5 but more refined it.
There are two engines available for this latest model, the two being just 35bhp apart and £1000 in list price.
The decision on which engine to go for isn’t too taxing. The 160bhp 2.0 litre gives a thrilling ride with the 125bhp 1.8 litre option is not too shabby for those on a tighter budget.
This car, as with all the MX-5’s has the thrill of driving at its very heart. It’s all about poise, balance and sharpness without compromising.
The driving position is good, with plenty of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel to accommodate most shapes and sizes.
The gearbox is crisp and responsive giving a real racing car feel. Given the choice, most would opt for the 2.0 litre engine, but if the £1000 makes a difference, the 1.8 litre engine is not so far behind that the additional performance of the higher spec engine would be missed by the average MX-5 driver.
Regardless of how many horses are under the bonnet, this car is great fun to drive.