Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport Road Test (2003)

Mazda MX-5 1.8i Sport
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Mazda MX-5 Review

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Build Quality / » Mazda's renowned reliability and build .

Infotainment
  • Integral single slot CD player/RDS radio (modular type) standard on the 1.8i Sport.
Rivals
  • Alfa Romeo Spider, Hyundai Coupe, MGF, smart roadster & Toyota MR2
What We Liked
  • Open top motoring
  • The handling
  • Engine and exhaust note
What We Disliked
  • Lack of rear quarter vision with hood up
  • Selecting 6th and reverse gear is a little tricky
What We'd Like To See
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Traction and stability control
  • A windscreen integrated aerial
Build Quality

Mazda's renowned reliability and build quality combined with the Zoom, Zoom, Zoom factor ensures that you will not be disappointed.

Value For Money

The Mazda MX-5 is a classic sports car that appeals to all ages and because it is so popular it holds its value well making it a good long term buy.

Conclusion

Initially I had my reservations about the car but after 24 hours with it they all flew out the window (literally). If you are looking for a reasonably priced convertible then this car is a must. The MX-5 is a true sports car with few faults and in my opinion Mazda cannot evolve this car any further.

Lets face it its not the fastest or most prestigious convertible that money can buy but it certainly has that special something. The very fact that Mazda has sold in excess of half a million of the world's best selling roadster proves it.

For those people who say that the MX-5 is a hairdressers car I suggest they stay in front of the TV whilst MX-5 owners spend their time enjoying their car in all weathers, roof up or down.

11 October 2003 Melanie Carter
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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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