Mazda MX-5 1.6i Road Test (2004)

Mazda MX-5 1.6i
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Mazda MX-5 Review

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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.

What We'd Like To See
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Traction and stability control
  • A windscreen integrated aerial
  • Side airbags
  • Keyless entry
Build Quality

Mazda's renowned reliability and build quality combined with the Zoom, Zoom, Zoom factor ensures that you will not be disappointed. My only reservation was that the cloth upholstery might hitch and that leather would prove more durable in the long term.

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

Having already driven the superb 1.8i Sport model I had my reservations about the MX-5 1.6i. Having said that the 1.6i model did not disappoint, it has all the fun attributes of its more powerful sibling's with less power. It does lack a few of the luxury extras but they aren't going to make it a better drive.

The 1.6i model is a couple of insurance groups lower than the 1.8i Sport which might make a difference to younger drivers for insurance purposes and the CO2 Emissions (g/km) are lower at 188 compared to 215 for the 1.8i Sport which might affect company car drivers. By introducing 3 engine variants Mazda have created an MX-5 to suit everyone.

Lets face it it's not the fastest or most prestigious convertible that money can buy but it certainly has that special something. The very fact that the 700,000th MX-5 rolled off the assembly line on the 5th March 2004, during its15th anniversary year goes to prove it. At £15,000 the 1.6i model is a true sports car with few faults and is excellent value for money.

In my opinion Mazda cannot evolve this car any further.

24 March 2004 Melanie Carter
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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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