Mazda MX-5 Review (2011)
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Mazda MX-5 Review (2011)

Mazda MX-5 Review  | Part TwoMazda MX-5 Road Test

Mazda MX-5 Review (2011)

The 2.0i engine in our test car offers good performance and fuel consumption returning 36.2mpg on the combined cycle and producing CO2 emissions of 181 g/km

20 September 2011 Melanie Carter

In 2011 the MX-5 set a Guinness World Record when Mazda produced the 900,000th MX-5 vehicle after 21 years and 10 months in production. The UK market accounts for 10 per cent of global sales and the British public’s love affair continued with the introduction of the third generation model in 2005 with UK sales hitting the 100,000 mark in 2010.

This will be the fifth Mazda MX-5 that we have tested and we still feel the same excitement about driving it as we did with our first way back in 2004. Our test model this week is the 2.0i Sport Tech coupled to the 6-speed manual gearbox with an on the road price of £22,995.

Performance

Both the Soft-Top and Roadster Coupe versions of the Mazda MX-5 are available with a choice of two engines the 126ps 1.8-litre MZR (5-speed manual) and the 160ps 2.0-litre MZR (6-speed manual). The 1,798cc engine develops 126ps at 6,500rpm and 167Nm of torque at 4,500rpm enabling it to sprint from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 121mph (In the Roadster-Coupe 0-62mph 9.9 seconds and top speed of 123mph).

The 1,999cc unit produces 160ps at 7,000rpm and 188Nm of torque at 5,000rpm, enabling it to complete the 0-62mph sprint in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 132mph (Soft Top version) in the Roadster-Coupe 0-62mph is achieved in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 136mph and is available with the choice of either a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed PowerShift automatic gearbox (Roadster-Coupe only when coupled to 2.0i engine 0-62mph 8.9 seconds and top speed 121mph).

The 2.0i engine in our test car offers good performance and fuel consumption returning 36.2mpg on the combined cycle and producing CO2 emissions of 181 g/km.

The Mazda MX-5 is a joy to drive, the 6-speed manual gearbox was a little notchy but our test vehicle hadn’t been fully run in yet. The 2.0i engine delivers the power in a precise manner allowing you to perfectly match each gear change within the correct power band.

The Mazda MX-5 is a car that begs to be driven and the more you drive it the more addicted you become. The growl from the engine as the revs build is exhilarating and the engine is very flexible.

Mazda MX-5 Review  | Part TwoMazda MX-5 Road Test
Mazda MX-5 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda Mazda MX-5 Sport Tech
  
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourTrue Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.6 Seconds
Top Speed 132 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypePetrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban26.9 mpg
Extra Urban47.9 mpg
Combined37.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group27
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 20/09/11)£22,995

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