Few cars have generated more excitement than the latest Mazda MX-5. A small, simple sports car that’s singularly focused on driving fun is a rare thing in the new car market, particularly at a price that so many buyers will find accessible.
Its compact size and low weight help it feel agile on the road but is its two-seater layout too much of a compromise for your day-to-day life? We’ve taken a look at the stats to help you decide.
In an age where cars get bigger with each successive generation, it’s refreshing to see the latest MX-5 is designed to be as compact as possible. Not only is it smaller than the third-generation model, but it’s 45mm shorter and 5mm lower than the original Mk1.
The upshot of these shrunken dimensions is, when driving spiritedly, it’s agile and doesn’t feel unwieldy on tight British country lanes. It also offers the added bonus of making it a doddle to park.
Despite its two-seater layout, the MX-5 has all the space that a driver and passenger could ever need. A practical family hatch it is clearly not – but at least if you lower the convertible roof it offers an infinite amount of headroom.
A glove box, centre cubby hole and storage behind the seats mean you can fit a surprising amount in with you without resorting to filling the boot.
The MX-5 is a sports car so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that practicality isn’t one of its strongest points. A 130-litre boot should be plenty for a couple of overnight bags, but it’ll likely struggle on your average trip to the furniture store.
|Roof up||130 litres|
|Roof down||130 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
Thanks to its short length, the MX-5 is extremely manoeuvrable. Indeed, a 9.4-metre turning circle means the little Mazda can easily out-turn the average supermini.
A 58-litre fuel tank is fairly generous for a car of this size, and paired with the 47.1mpg-rated 1.5-litre petrol engine, there should be ample range for long-distance cruising. The larger 2.0-litre is less frugal at 40.7mpg, but at 7.3 seconds, it’s a full second quicker over the 0-62mph sprint.
|Turning circle||9.4 metres|
|Fuel tank||58 litres|
Mazda’s engineers have been fastidious when it comes to removing any unnecessary mass which might detract from the fun of driving.
An extensive use of aluminium in the car’s front and rear crash structures hasn’t just reduced weight, but shifted the centre of mass closer to the middle of the car, to the benefit of handling and agility. The engine is mounted lower and further back, which has the same advantageous effect.
|1,090kg (1.5)||1,122kg (2.0)|
The sports car of the people?
Find out what the critics are saying by reading our aggregated Mazda MX-5 review or discover what colours its offered in with our MX-5 paint guide. Check out carwow’s latest discounts on our deals page.