Mazda MX-5 Road Test (2011)

Mazda MX-5 (Interior) (2011)

Mazda MX-5 Review

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Apart from the light clutch and the lack of rear quarter vision with the hood up this car is the perfect sports car.

Comfort and Refinement

The Mazda MX-5 is available in three trim levels - Kuro, SE and Sport Tech and in Soft Top and Roadster Coupe body types. You have the choice of a 1.8 MZR and 2.0 MZR petrol engines which can be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox (1.8 litre engine) and a 6-speed manual gearbox (2.0 litre engine) whilst the Roadster-Coupe is also available with the Powershift  6-speed automatic gearbox.

The following equipment is standard on our test car the MX-5 Soft Top 2.0i Sport Tech:

Climate control air-conditioning, cruise control, front electric windows, remote central locking, heated front seats, leather gear knob, leather seat sports seats, leather steering wheel, stainless steel scuff plates, steering wheel audio controls, trip computer, front fog lights, halogen headlights, heated door mirrors, premium cloth soft-top and sports suspension featuring Bilstein dampers.

Safety and Security

The Mazda MX-5 is equipped with the following safety and security features as standard:

Driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation , Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control System (TCS), Four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (4W-ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Front side airbags, Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser.


Depending on the specification the Mazda MX-5 is equipped with a seven-speaker premium BOSE audio system with auxiliary input jack (AUX) which sounds just fine. Also available is a Bluetooth phone system with voice recognition for hands free telephone calls.

  • Caterham 7
  • MINI Roadster
  • MINI Convertible
What We Liked
  • Performance and handling
  • Overall driving experience
  • Engine and exhaust note
What We Disliked
  • Light clutch
  • Lack of rear quarter vision with the hood up
What We Would Like To See
  • Apart from the light clutch and the lack of rear quarter vision with the hood up this car is perfect sports car.

It might be more than two decades since the original Mazda MX-5 was launched but its ability to thrill still remains.

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

20 September 2011 Melanie Carter
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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

The information contained within this Mazda MX-5 review may have changed since publication on the 20 September 2011. 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