Mazda MX-5 Road Test (2010)

Mazda MX-5 Interior

Mazda MX-5 Review

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The Mazda MX-5 upgrade has the same outstanding active and passive safety package as the original third-generation model.

Safety and Security -

The Mazda MX-5 upgrade has the same outstanding active and passive safety package as the original third-generation model. Its braking system with 290 mm ventilated front discs and 280 mm solid rear discs delivers great brake pedal response and powerful deceleration. With the upgrade, dynamic stability control (DSC) and traction control system (TCS) are now standard on all models in most European markets. Also new to the line-up is a tyre pressure monitoring system (depending on grade and market) and the newly introduced external temperature display keeps the driver informed and helps to ensure safe driving in winter.

Passive safety features include a high-tensile steel cabin, ultra high tensile bracing bars inside the A-pillars (in case of a roll over), side impact protection and strong body floor cross members. Front airbags with passenger airbag deactivation are standard, and in most markets special two-chamber side airbags that help protect both the thorax and the head are standard as well. These airbags are integrated into the seatback and are activated by a common gas generator and inflator, which inflate both chambers faster than some single-chamber systems.

Comfort and Refinement -

In terms of refinement the Mazda MX-5 has the basics electric and our test car was equipped with electric windows, remote central locking with boot release, heated glass rear window, front fog lamps, five-step heated seats, leather steering wheel and gear shift, seven-speaker premium Bose audio system, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, climate control air-conditioning, cruise control and Blue tooth telephone control and Recaro sports seats.

What more do you need?

For improved cabin quietness on both Mazda MX-5 body styles, engineers adopted stiffer door modules to lower vibration at the sides of the car, reduced the level of wheel resonance and used additional sound insulation materials.

The new Mazda Mazda MX-5 upgrade offers enhanced small-item storage, and new features and equipment that make the car easy to use. The storage tray in front of the gear lever is now large enough to hold a cell phone or MP3 player, and has a rubber mat keeps stored items in place. The centre console's two cupholders now have a new removable partition that allows the use of either two cupholders or one large storage space, and rubber mats for better support and the prevention of rattling noises. New door pockets are introduced as well. Three practical storage boxes behind the seats (one box in the Roadster Coupe) are carried over from the original model.

In Car Entertainment and Satellite Navigation -

Depending on the specification, the Mazda MX-5 is equipped with a new seven-speaker premium Bose audio system. Also available an option is Bluetooth phone system with voice recognition for hands free telephoning, which automatically mutes audio output during phone calls.

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What We Liked
  • Performance & handling
  • Fun and rewarding driving experience
  • Engine and exhaust note
What We Disliked
  • Light clutch
  • Lack of rear quarter vision with hood up
What We'd Like To See

Apart from the light clutch (in our opinion) and the lack of rear quarter vision with the hood up (not much Mazda can do about this) this car is perfect.


Mazda's renowned reliability and build quality combined with the Zoom, Zoom, Zoom factor ensures that you will not be disappointed. The Mazda MX-5 is a true sports car with few faults and if you are looking for a reasonably priced convertible which offers an exhilarating driving experience then this is the car for you.

10 June 2010 Melanie Carter
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Mazda MX-5 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda Mazda MX-5 2.0i Sport Tech
Body TypeConvertible
ColourStormy Blue Mica
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph7.6 Seconds
Top Speed 132 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban26.9 mpg
Extra Urban47.9 mpg
Combined37.2 mpg
Insurance Group27
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Price (when tested on the 10/06/10)£20,645

The information contained within this Mazda MX-5 review may have changed since publication on the 10 June 2010. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Mazda dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018