The exterior looks of the MX-5 are timeless so much so that the rear light cluster of an earlier model is on display in the New York Museum of Modern Art.
How It Looks -
The exterior looks of the MX-5 are timeless so much so that the rear light cluster of an earlier model is on display in the New York Museum of Modern Art. A few subtle changes have been made to this new model including a new 'shark-nose' bumper, new headlamps, rear combination lamps, changes to its air intake and an overall much more muscular look.
The 1.8i Sport model sits on larger tyres and has 16" alloy wheels as standard for improved road holding ability.
The chrome fuel filler cap is positioned on the top of the rear wing and is a little awkward to operate if you are on the shorter side as you have to lift the filler nozzle to an almost vertical position to get the fuel in.
Unlike some convertible's the MX-5 looks just as good with the roof up or down, there is also an optional hardtop for winter motoring. In my opinion the only thing that spoils the look of the MX-5 is the electric aerial which apart from being unsightly is at risk of being bent when you listen to music driving along country lanes, a windscreen integrated version would be much more practical.
How It Looks - Interior
The interior styling of the MX-5 is crisp and uncluttered and the elegant black cabin is simple and functional. The round air-vents are unobtrusive as is the speedometer and tachometer which have white dials with amber illumination and chrome rims which have a retro feel. The centre console arrangement includes integral cup holders, ash tray and a cigarette lighter which are all within easy reach.The gear lever is also perfectly positioned within the console for precision gear changes.
The materials used are of a good quality particularly the carpet and leather seats which should prove to be durable.
Inside the cabin there is not much room for personal belongings although there is a seat back pocket in the passenger seat, door pockets, a lockable glove box and a rear console box with a lockable lid.
The boot can be released from the key fob or interior release button and is relatively spacious for a convertible.
Mazda MX-5 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mazda Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.4 seconds|
|Top Speed||129 mph|
|Transmission||6 Speed Manual|
|Fuel Type||Petrol - Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||39.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3-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|