Now, 25 years on from the arrival of the very first MX-5, the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 looks set to cement Mazda's place in the segment. If anything, the car can be said to have gone back to its roots, making nimble handling and pure driving fun it's top concern. Of course, that's not to say the new version isn't refined inside the cabin. Comfortable seats and advanced technology including a touchscreen infotainment system are available to make every journey a real pleasure.
The look of the new all-new Mazda MX-5 is more aggressive than before, with the model adopting Mazda's award-winning KODO: Soul of Motion design ethos. The soft-top still bears sweeping, aerodynamic lines that give it a captivating presence on the road, but the redesigned front end now has a more muscular stance, with LED headlights helping to give the car a bolder look. This feel is accentuated by a low slung bonnet and flared wheel arches, all helping to provide additional stability and control when accelerating and cornering. Alloy wheels ensure the roadster is striking from every angle, while items such as the redesigned wing mirrors have helped to improve its aerodynamics. Visibility has also been enhanced by lowering the bonnet and bringing the cabin back slightly. With the push of a button you can also go from being fully covered by the fabric hood to enjoying open-top driving at its very best.
Slide behind the wheel and you'll immediately know that the cabin has been ergonomically designed to place the driver at the centre of things. The premium leather steering wheel is easy to grip and provides full control when cornering at speed. Mazda worked tirelessly to reduce the weight of the current model and through sheer hard work and painstaking attention to detail managed to shed almost 100kg compared to the previous generation MX-5. The result is that the roadster feels incredibly light and nimble, ready to turn into every corner with exceptional precision.
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls make it simple to access the car's main entertainment settings, while an optional seven-inch colour touchscreen display is available to enhance the experience. Features including Bluetooth® connectivity, DAB radio and satellite navigation are all available to ensure driver and passenger stay entertained while on the move and in touch with the outside world. Although practicality is not the reason for buying an MX-5, Mazda has done well to increase the amount of available boot space compared to the previous version. The all-new MX-5 has a rear storage space that is both longer and deeper, meaning additional room for any weekend bags if you're heading out on a road trip.
Powering the roadster is a choice of engines featuring Mazda's SKYACTIV Technology. Opt for the 1.5-litre petrol engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission to enjoy acceleration from 0-60mph in just under 8.3 seconds. The powerplant is able to return up to 47.1mpg combined while keeping CO2 emissions to 139g/km. The 2.0-litre option offers 160PS and will carry the car from a standing start to 60mph in less than 7.3 seconds. Fuel consumption of up to 40.9mpg is possible, while CO2 emissions remain as low as 161g/km. The more powerful engine also has a slightly higher top speed of 133mph, compared to 127mph.
Impressively nimble, the car's short throw gear stick makes accelerating outrageous fun, and with rear-wheel drive as standard, the MX-5 offers true sports car performance off the mark. The model's suspension setup is lightweight and rigid to provide a smoother ride, while a new double-pinion electric power assist steering system is included to ensure that every touch of the steering wheel is translated perfectly to guarantee precise handling. Maximum stopping power is delivered when it's needed most thanks to ventilated discs at the front of the vehicle and solid discs at the rear.
To help with handling, Dynamic Stability Control featuring traction control comes as standard. The car also comes complete with a range of safety features to help keep you and your passengers safe in the event of a collision, including dual front and side airbags. ISOFIX child seat fittings are also fitted as standard, while advanced safety features including a Lane Departure Warning System and Limited Slip Differential can be selected as optional extras.
The Mazda MX-5 already has a firm place in the hearts of the British car-buying public, and the all-new model is likely to further cement the car's position as the best-selling roadster of all time. Irrespective of what the weather is doing, the MX-5 has the ability to put a huge smile on your face, and while it may not be the most practical option for a second family vehicle, once you've belted up and taken your first corner, you're unlikely to want to get out.
Come and discover the all-new Mazda MX-5 at Pentagon Mazda in Lincoln by booking a test drive today.