Mazda has announced pricing for the new MX-5 sports car. There’s a choice of two petrol engines – a 129hp 1.5-litre and a 158hp 2.0-litre – and five trim levels.
Unusually, the lower-powered engine is available all the way to the top of the range so, if equipment is more important to you than outright performance, you’ve been catered for.
Basic SE models get LED headlights, air-conditioning, MP3 and aux input, as well as traction and stability control. SE-L versions add cruise and climate control, DAB radio, Bluetooth and a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen. SE-L Nav, unsurprisingly, adds sat-nav to this package.
Top-spec Sport models get heated leather seats, an upgraded BOSE sound system, automatic lights and wipers, parking sensors and a lane departure warning system. Moving to the 2.0-litre engine on SE-L trim adds larger alloy wheels and a limited-slip differential while the 2.0-litre Sport gets sport suspension from Bilstein, an expert in such matters.
What options to get?
|Soul red metallic paint||£660|
|Tan leather trim (Sport Nav only)||£200|
|Safety pack* (2.0 Sport Nav only)||£350|
*includes automatic high beam control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert
Which to choose?
For style-conscious sportsters – 1.5 SE with metallic paint – £19,035
Keep the cost of the car down by only picking the engine and trim you need and you can justify adding metallic paint to your MX-5. This’ll make your MX-5 look as exciting as top-spec models without the top drawer price tag.
For serious drivers – 2.0 SE-L – £20,095
If you’re looking at an MX-5 because of its legendary driving dynamics then, at just a hair over £20,000, the 2.0-litre SE-L should be all you need. You get the larger engine and limited slip differential with a host of toys to go with it. Add sat-nav for £600 if you’re especially rubbish at paying attention to where you’re going.
For those who want everything – 2.0 Sport Nav with Soul Red paint and safety pack – £24,305
Your MX-5 in this guise will be pushing perilously close to the likes of the Audi TT and Mercedes SLK but, unlike those cars, will come absolutely fully loaded. Safety pack keeps an eye out while you enjoy the drive and Soul Red paint makes it look like the press demonstrator models you’ve seen photographed in magazines. Lovely!
If you like the look of the Mazda MX-5 why not read its full, aggregated carwow review. Then, head over to our car configurator to see how much you could save on your next car or, for more options, have a look at our deals page to see our latest discounts.