Mazda MX-5 Review

Mazda MX-5 1.6i
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Mazda MX-5 Review

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The MX-5 is very easy to drive around town, although the gearbox can be a little notchy in slow traffic.

How It Drove - Performance

The MX-5 is very easy to drive around town, although the gearbox can be a little notchy in slow traffic. However, 'A' and 'B' roads are where the car comes alive, the 5-speed gearbox is perfectly matched to the 1.6i engine and delivers the power in a precise manner allowing you to perfectly match each gear change within the correct power band. This is helped by the V V-T (Variable Valve Timing) which adjusts the intake valves boosting low speed torque and high speed power.

I wouldn't say that the car is quick (0 - 62 mph 9.7 seconds - 119 mph) and it does lack the top end punch of the 1.8i Sport model. However, in my opinion driving pleasure is not always about speed, put the roof down, select your favourite music and go for drive, that is what the MX-5 is all about. If you enjoy open top motoring then you will not be disappointed.

The MX-5 is more than capable of Motorway speeds but road noise can be a problem and because of its low seating position larger traffic can be intimidating especially during rush hour.

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Mazda MX-5 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda Mazda MX-5 1.6i
  
Body TypeConvertible
ColourEbony
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.7 seconds
Top Speed 119 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban27.7 mpg
Extra Urban44.1 mpg
Combined36.7 mpg
  
Insurance Group11
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3-year/60,000 mile warranty from date of registration with unlimited mileage in the first year
6-year anti-perforation warranty
3-year unlimited mileage paint and surface corrosion warranty
The Mazda 3-Year manufacturers warranty includes Mazda European Assistance
Price (when tested on the 24/03/04)£ 15,000

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