1. Home
  2. Mazda
  3. MX-5
  4. Mazda MX-5 1.5 Sport Nav
Mazda MX-5 1.5 Sport Nav

Mazda MX-5 1.5 Sport Nav

Maxine Ashford, 2017-08-06

Powered by Driving Force

ONE of the first cars I owned back in the 80s was a Triumph Spitfire and oh how I loved that car.

It was a real driving experience every time I got behind the wheel. You felt connected with the car and with the first hint of sunshine, the roof was lowered for fabulous open-top fun.

Admittedly, when it rained you could expect wet feet as there was some sort of osmosis effect through the chassis, but whenever I think back to that bright red Spitfire it still makes me smile.

The reason for my reminiscing is because over the years, the only modern-day car that really comes close to that thrill-packed Triumph experience is Mazda's iconic MX-5.

This classic roadster is the world's best-selling two-seat sports car and it perfectly combines two very important factors.

Firstly, it delivers on every aspect when it comes to sports car thrills. Secondly, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to buy with the latest fourth generation car priced from £18,795.

The MX-5 looks beautifully sculpted from any angle with its muscular stance, striking LED headlights and beautifully smooth contours.

This particular model featured 16-inch gunmetal alloys along with piano black door mirrors to complete the look. It's the sort of car that instantly grabs your attention and then holds it.

Move inside and the compact cabin houses two passengers comfortably and there are plenty of techno treats to be explored.

Features include a BOSE sound system with nine speakers, sat nav, air conditioning, three-stage seat heaters, a seven-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB digital radio and steering wheel-mounted controls.

The seats, steering wheel and gear stick are all leather trimmed and the car has a very upmarket feel.

It is also smaller and lighter than previous generation versions and that means the new MX-5 can deliver even better driving dynamics.

The roof is opened and closed manually in true roadster fashion (no fancy push buttons on this car) and the boot can actually hold a fair amount of luggage with a capacity of 130 litres.

When it comes to performance, the Mazda MX-5 is guaranteed to be every thrill-seeker's ideal driving machine.

This rear wheel drive car was priced at £23,095 (£23,965 with options) and was powered by a 1.5-litre 131ps petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

It could reach 62mph from a standing start in 8.3 seconds and maxed out at 127mph. According to official figures, the MX-5 can deliver combined fuel economy of 47.1mpg with carbon emissions of 139g/km.

In town centres the car is very agile and its compact dimensions make light work of parking. But with the roof up, the all-round visibility is poor with virtually no over-the-shoulder vision. This does make reversing out of a parking space quite difficult.

But out on the open road, particularly the winding country lanes, it's a completely different experience.

The MX-5 has built a reputation for delivering exciting dynamics and it is a reputation that is justified.

The steering is precise and the car can take bends with confidence thanks to the ultra-grippy road holding. It is quite loud within the car and you will feel lots of bumps and dips along the way, but that adds to the car's appeal and the whole experience of roadster driving.

The switching through the gears is perfectly tuned to keep the momentum going and the acceleration feels blisteringly fast. In fact, when you are travelling at 50mph it feels more like 70mph.

Mazda has kitted out the MX-5 with a range of safety features, including dynamic stability control with traction control, dual front and side airbags and a lane departure warning system.

Fast Facts

Mazda MX-5 1.5 Sport Nav

Price: £23,095

Mechanical: 131ps, 1,496cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving rear wheels with 6-speed manual transmission

Max Speed: 127mph

0-62mph: 8.3 seconds

Combined MPG: 47.1

Insurance Group: 26

C02 emissions: 139g/km

Bik rating: 26%

Did you enjoy this article? Subscribe to get the latest car news from Eurekar

Find out more > Find dealer > Visit website >

Image Library

Information correct at article date.

Powered By Driving Force

Driving Force comprises some of the most experienced motoring journalists in the United Kingdom. For more information click here.

Super Search

Super Search

Choose from one or more of the options to find the car for you.

Powered by Driving Force

1Choose a car

2Choose your lifestyle

To find the car that's right for you

MAZDA is offering a special edition supermini but only 400 versions of this up-market Mazda2 are being offered - and it...


IT is becoming more and more difficult these days to define premium/executive class.Manufacturers previously considered...


SOMETIMES less is more, simpler is better, and a stop at Knutsford services on the M6 proved the point.Or rather, a...


THE number of quality crossovers flooding the market is rising constantly with buyers demanding top quality vehicles...


IS there a danger of estate cars being elbowed out by the growing surge of SUVs, crossovers and people carriers?Despite...


THERE must be a reason for the Mazda MX-5 being the best-selling two seater roadster in the world.The sports car in its...


SMALL cars with small engines can deliver big surprises and that is exactly the case with Mazda's new CX-3 compact...


Dealer Locator

Dealer Locator

Based on your search find the dealership nearest to you.

THE fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 arrived a couple of months ago and the signs are that it will keep its place as the...


TOWARDS the end of 2010, Japanese manufacturer Mazda quoted combined fuel economy of more than 57mpg for the remamped 2...


IN an industry that thrives on awards and recognition, the trophy for modesty would go to Mazda.To many it's a...


IT'S been said many times, but it's worth saying again, estate cars ain't what they used to be.The big barges of...


I BET the design team working on the latest Mazda3 endured many a sleepless night before the car was finally unveiled...


WITH the one-millionth Mazda MX-5 having rolled off the production line in April 2016, the world's best-selling...


MAZDA has revealed the all-new CX-5 which is being showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show.It's a completely redesigned...