Long-term test review: Mazda MX-5 roadster – AutoExpress

When our brand-new Mazda MX-5 arrived on the Auto Express fleet, there was a predictable bun-fight as to that was going to run the highly acclaimed two-seater roadster. However, along with many of my colleagues having small youngsters to consider, it was soon whittled down to me – and I surely wasn’t going to argue!

I was lucky sufficient to run the previous- generation 2.0-litre MX-5 Once it was launched spine in 2006 – and loved it – so I was immensely excited regarding obtaining behind the wheel of this latest incarnation.  Yet along with its brand-new smaller sized 1.5-litre engine, would certainly it live up to my higher expectations?

Off I went to be reacquainted along with my regional Mazda dealer  – TW Whites in Bookham, Surrey – where sales executive Tom Birdsall was offered not just to answer any type of questions I had, Yet to hand over the keys to my precious brand-new charge.

Long-term test review Mazda MX-5 - Lesley showroom

After a coffee and a look through the MX-5 brochure, Tom talked me through the extensive features of the car’s MZD Connect infotainment system. along with its dash-mounted seven-inch tablet-design screen, there’s plenty going on for techie types. He eagerly showed me Exactly how I could connect to the Internet, Tweet and article on Facebook if I so desired. I’m much more keen on carrying out that from the comfort and safety
of my home, Yet it’s a neat little option.

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What was beneficial was the ease along with which my smartphone paired, while the sat-nav is basic to use. It’s all of helped by the Multimedia Commander manage wheel by the gearlever, which puts every little thing at your fingertips.

Long-term test review Mazda MX-5 - Lesley infotainment

Mazda has actually now installed a brand-new external boot release button, which Tom pointed out. It’s well hidden in the corner of the number bowl recess, and I surely wouldn’t have actually discovered it devoid of his advice. along with past experience of locking my keys in the boot of my previous MX-5, it’s surely a welcome addition to the brand-new model.

We’ve opted for mid-range SE-L Nav spec, which gets smart black fabric seats along with red stitching, LED headlights, cruise manage and steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls as standard. We’ve likewise opted for the Ceramic metallic paint option, which I believe looks actually smart at £550, despite the fact that it’s had the Marmite effect by separating opinion among my colleagues.

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But it’s Once you grab behind the wheel that the enjoyment actually kicks in. Unlatch the manual hood – the windows now automatically lose slightly to ease operation, despite the fact that annoyingly they don’t go spine up – push the canvas roof back, click it in to position and you’re prepared for some wind-in-the-hair, open-top motoring.

Long-term test review Mazda MX-5 - Lesley roof

Its now 27 years on from the original MX-5, and Mazda has actually luckily remained faithful to the original ethos by maintaining the current model simple, yet providing fantastically enjoyable motoring.

The familiar short-shift six-rate gearbox is still among the most effective you’ll find, and coupled along with the brand-new 1.5-litre engine, it actually is a suitable match. I’m not the just one to believe so, either – everybody from the office that has actually steered the MX-5 has actually been bowled over by the little roadster. I’m now merely hoping we grab a terrific summer, since as long as it’s dry, the roof will certainly be firmly down and I’ll as soon as again be in convertible heaven…

*Insurance quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, along with 3 points.