Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport Review

MX-5 1.8i Sport
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Mazda MX-5 Review

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I don't think comfort is a word that describes the MX-5 it isn't a luxurious car, the cabin has just enough space for two people and with the roof up there is adequate head room.

Comfort and Refinement

I don't think comfort is a word that describes the MX-5 it isn't a luxurious car, the cabin has just enough space for two people and with the roof up there is adequate head room. Head and leg room could prove troublesome for the taller driver but with the roof down head room is not a problem.

The leather heated sport seats have integral head restraints and are supremely supportive even when cornering at speed and the Nardi leather steering wheel and gear shift knob are very tactile.

The 1.8i Sport version we tested had a premium cloth soft top which was remarkably easy to put up and down although once we had discovered the joy of open top motoring it mostly stayed down.

In terms of refinement the MX-5 has the basics power steering, electric windows, remote central locking with boot release, heated glass rear window, front fog lamps and electric aerial. What more do you need? Well air-conditioning would be useful especially in the summer when it is very hot and you put the hood up to stop your head baking and in the damp winter weather when the car mists up. Apart from the lack of air-con the car is perfect anything else would detract from its basic appeal - The driving experience makes you feel special.

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Mazda MX-5 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport
  
Body TypeConvertible
Colour
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.4 seconds
Top Speed 129 mph
  
Transmission6 Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban23.7 mpg
Extra Urban39.2 mpg
Combined31.7 mpg
  
Insurance Group13
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 11/10/03)£ 18,000.00

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