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Mazda MX-5 Convertible

1.5 [132] Exclusive-Line 2dr

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MAZDA MX-5 CONVERTIBLE Exclusive-Line
Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Free UK mainland delivery
Easy and Convenient
100's of makes and models
Trading since 1969

Key Information

Fuel Type

Petrol

Transmission

Manual

CO2

140g/km

0 to 62

Secs

EXTERIOR FEATURES
£810.00
No cost
£690.00
PAINTWORK
£570.00
£570.00
£570.00
£570.00
No cost
£690.00
£810.00
TRIM
No cost
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • 8.8" Colour centre touch screen display with Mazda Connect infotainment
  • Aha and stitcher app
  • Analogue speedometer
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Cruise control with Intelligent speed assist
  • Driver alert system
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Hands free phone preparation
  • Integrated bluetooth with hands-free calling, bluetooth audio and easy access to phone contacts
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Kinematic posture control
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Multi dot display tachometer and electric odometer
  • PAS
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Service indicator
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer
  • Water temperature gauge
ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION
  • I-ELOOP
  • i-stop
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 2 x USB Type-C inputs
  • Multimedia Commander including separate volume dial
  • Premium Bose sound system with 9 speakers with 2 in each front headrest, AM/FM/DAB radio and MP3
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/bluetooth controls
EXTERIOR FEATURES
  • Adaptive front lighting system
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Black scuff plates with stainless steel insert
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour co ordinated interior upper door trim
  • Body coloured electric/heated door mirrors
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Dusk sensitive headlamps
  • Electric front windows/one touch facility
  • Exterior body colour co ordinated upper door panel trim with black vinyl and silver stitching
  • Frameless auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Front intermittent wipers
  • LED 3rd brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights with automatic headlight levelling
  • LED indicator lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Manually operated black premium cloth soft top with heated rear glass window
  • Piano Black fashion bars
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Rear boot
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V socket
  • Centre console storage box
  • Chrome Air conditioning dials
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Coin Box
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisors with covered vanity mirror and driver ticket holder
  • Driver seat manual slide, recline and tilt adjustment
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Heated front seats, in 3 heat levels
  • Interior courtesy light
  • ISOFIX front passenger seat child seat compliance
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Lockable rear centre box with lid
  • Passenger seat + manual slide/recline adjust
  • Perforated leather upholstery
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Two cupholders
  • Windblocker
PASSIVE SAFETY
  • 3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners
  • ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
  • Deployable Hood System (DHS)
  • Driver and passenger seatbelt reminder audible warning
  • Dynamic stability control with track mode
  • Front dual stage driver and single stage front passenger airbags
  • Front smart city brake support with autonomous emergency braking (SCBS)
  • Hill hold assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Side airbags
  • Smart city brake support - Rear (SCBS-R)
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitor
SECURITY
  • Remote central locking with deadlocking and remote boot release
  • Smart keyless entry
  • Superlocking
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser
TRIM
  • Centre Console - Vinyl leather
  • Chrome air vent surrounds
  • Dashboard panel - Black Vinyl
WHEELS
  • 16" Bright Silver alloy wheels
  • Tyre puncture repair kit
EMISSIONS - ICE
  • HC+NOx:Not Available

  • Particles:Not Available

  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:140

ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Camshaft:DOHC

  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes

  • CC:1496

  • Compression Ratio:13.0:1

  • Cylinder Layout:IN-LINE

  • Cylinders:4

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):74.5

  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):85.8

  • Engine Layout:NORTH SOUTH

  • Fuel Delivery:MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

  • Gears:6 SPEED

  • Number of Valves:16

  • Transmission:MANUAL

FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:No

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:6.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High:6.7

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High:5.4

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low:7.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium:5.8

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb:45.6

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High:42.2

  • WLTP - MPG - High:52.3

  • WLTP - MPG - Low:36.2

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium:48.7

GENERAL
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:No

  • Badge Engine CC:1.5

  • Badge Power:132

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Coin Description:Not Available

  • Coin Series:Exclusive-Line

  • Generation Mark:4

  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:27E

  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12

  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3

  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:Not Available

  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Safety Assist %:Not Available

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Service Interval Frequency - Months:12

  • Service Interval Mileage:12500

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:60000

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3

  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available

  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage:Not Available

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1

PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):8.3

  • Engine Power - BHP:132

  • Engine Power - KW:97

  • Engine Power - RPM:7000

  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:112

  • Engine Torque - MKG:15.5

  • Engine Torque - NM:152

  • Engine Torque - RPM:4500

  • Top Speed:127

TEST CYCLES
  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

  • RDE Certification Level:RDE 2

TYRES
  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Size Front:195/50 R16

  • Tyre Size Rear:195/50 R16

  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT

  • Wheel Style:Not Available

  • Wheel Type:16" ALLOY

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height:1225

  • Height (including roof rails):Not Available

  • Length:3915

  • Wheelbase:2310

  • Width:1735

  • Width (including mirrors):1918

WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):45

  • Gross Vehicle Weight:1230

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):Not Available

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):130

  • Max. Loading Weight:227

  • Max. Roof Load:Not Available

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:Not Available

  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:Not Available

  • Minimum Kerbweight:1003

  • No. of Seats:2

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:10.4

By Line

Mazda has boosted the appeal of its fourth-generation MX-5 roadster. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

It's hard not to like the fourth generation Mazda MX-5, a sportscar the brand is unwilling to fundamentally change - and for good reason. It now has an upgraded range of trim levels and in recent times, Mazda has added in a clever Kinematic Posture Control system for extra cornering stability. As before, there are 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engine options for the Roadster and RF body styles and anything this car lacks in outright power, it more than makes up in agility and tactility.

Background

Is there another affordable sporting car sold today that rivals the Mazda MX-5's legacy? The Porsche 911 is an icon, the Toyota GR86 might well become one and the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a name most can identify with. But the MX-5 is special. It has rewritten the record books again and again for sports car sales and its recipe of light weight, driver focus and simple front engine/rear drive layout just has an inherent rightness about it that hasn't dated. But, as is the case with most cars, successive generations get bigger and heavier. The MX-5 hasn't been immune to this issue, customers demanding improved safety, more equipment and better quality as each successive generation has been developed. With this MK4 model though, originally launched back in 2015, Mazda drew a line in the sand and went back to the light, tactile approach that made the MX-5 so great in the first place. In recent years, the company's added a touch of extra power and technology to the equation.

Driving Experience

The key update to this MX-5 in recent times has been Mazda's 'KPC' 'Kinematic Posture Control' system, designed to increase stability during cornering without impacting the purity of the MX-5's handling and driver engagement. The KPC system applies a very small amount of brake force to the inner/unloaded rear wheel during cornering, the resulting brake force pulls the body down, suppressing body roll to provide more reassuring cornering so subtly that the MX-5's engaging handling remains unpolluted. As before, this fourth generation MX-5 is offered with either a 1.5-litre unit or a 2.0-litre engine but both these normally aspirated petrol powerplants have been significantly worked upon in recent years. The 1.5 still puts out 132PS, but the 2.0-litre powerplant's original 160PS output has in recent times been raised to 184PS at a heady 7,000rpm (up from 6,800rpm). You always did have to rev MX-5 engines hard to get the best from them. The 2.0-litre variant's rest to 62mph sprint time is rated at 6.5s and if you specify a manual gearbox with this engine, your car will come with a front strut brace, a limited slip differential and Bilstein dampers. This improved fourth generation design continues to conform to five key criteria that Mazda claim define the MX-5 - rear drive with a front-mid engine layout, 50/50 weight distribution and an eagerness to change direction, plus a low kerb weight and an affordable price. All soft top models get six-speed manual gearboxes but the 2.0-litre version of the RF folding hard-top variant can be ordered with an optional paddleshift auto. The MX-5 isn't about straight line pace, it's about agility and tactility. Because the engines are so small, they can be tucked down and back in the car. Mazda reckons the bonnet and overhang used here are the lowest and shortest of any production model. Weight has been pared back by using aluminium for the bonnet, boot and front wings, while the soft top hood is also very light, improving the centre of gravity. Much of the front suspension is aluminium, as is the gearbox casing, the differential casing and the bracing that runs down the car's backbone. The virtuous circle of weight saving means that the smaller wheels only need four bolts as opposed to five. Lower rotational masses mean that the brake assemblies can also be made smaller, simpler and lighter.

Design and Build

As before, there are two bodystyles on offer, the classic soft-topped roadster and the folding metal-roof RF variant. The shape of the MX-5 hasn't changed radically from generation to generation. This one's no exception, but there's a bit more aggression about the detailing, the car looking like a shrunken Jaguar F-Type roadster from the rear three-quarter. Some have thought there's something a bit fishy-looking about the front end but it'll probably grow on you. See one in the metal and you'll be amazed at just how tiny it is. It's fully 105mm shorter in overall length than the previous generation version, despite the wheelbase only being 15mm less. It also stands 20mm lower and 10mm wider. Lower and wider is always good for a roadster's stance. In another clever touch, the seat cushions are supported on netting instead of the usual metal springs, allowing Mazda to reduce weight and seat the driver's hip point closer to the road. A lower driver then means the windscreen header rail can shift backwards, in this case by 70mm, which in turn means the hood is shorter and lighter, and also easier to package when folded. See what we mean about that virtuous circle?

Market and Model

The MX-5 may be quite a bit more expensive than you remember. Prices sit in the £26,000-£36,000 bracket. think in terms of a premium of just under £2,000 if you want to go from the soft top Roadster to the folding hard top RF version. On to spec specifics. The 1.5-litre Roadster MX-5 is available in 'Prime-Line' and 'Exclusive-Line' grades. The 184PS 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G Roadster is matched to 'Exclusive-Line' and range-topping 'Homura grades'. As with the Roadster, the 'Prime-Line' RF folding hard-top model is powered by the 1.5-litre engine, while 'Exclusive-Line' versions of that body style can be specified with either the 1.5 or 2.0-litre engine and the range-topping 'Homura' version is exclusively matched to the 184PS 2.0-litre unit. In addition, 2.0-litre MX-5 RFs in both trim levels come with the option to choose an automatic gearbox. Updates for the latest model include the addition of the Zircon Sand paint colour to the MX-5 for the first time, while 'Homura' manual models will feature red Brembo front brake callipers. Equipment levels include more than you might expect. Even base models come with alloy wheels, LED headlights, a leather steering wheel, plus a lightweight and sleek fabric hood. Plus LED daytime running lights, climate control air-conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and cruise control, along with Mazda's MZD-Connect connectivity and infotainment system with 7-inch colour touch-screen display and Multimedia Commander. Navigation is optional. Plusher versions and the 2.0-litre cars feature rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, Premium Bose Surround-Sound and heated leather seats.

Cost of Ownership

Stick with light weight and modest power outputs and this dictates a raft of affordable costs. The MX-5 has long been the exemplar of the affordable sports car and WLTP-rated economy and emissions are agreeably low, helped by the addition in recent times of Mazda's i-ELOOP kinetic recovery and i-stop stop-start technology. The 1.5-litre engine is CO2-rated at 142g/km, with 44.8mpg possible on the combined cycle. The 2.0-litre engine is rated at 155g/km and 40.9mpg - or 171g/km and 37.2mpg in auto form. Insurance groups range from 25E to 33A. Owners can keep up to date with their car's maintenance schedule via the instrument binnacle trip computer screen and the 'Applications' section of the 'MZD-Connect' centre-dash monitor. To help you keep track of what work has been carried out, you can access a 'Digital Service Record' online and use a useful 'My Mazda App' to receive reminders about servicing, book your car in at your local dealership and access a digitally-stored record of your model's service history. Residual values ought to hold up well, with the MX-5 a favourite amongst used car buyers due to its relative simplicity, strong reliability and low cost to insure.

Summary

Weight is the enemy. Excess weight in a car dulls its responses, makes it harder to turn, stop and accelerate, ensures that it drinks more fuel and puts greater stresses on virtually every moving part, parts which then have to be beefed up and made heavier to cope. The Mazda MX-5 reverses that cycle, stripping weight off which in turn allows it to pare more weight back with other simple lightweight componentry. It's a brilliant piece of engineering. It also goes to show that you can probably have more fun with 1.5 litres worth of MX-5 than you can with some supercars. No, that's not hyperbole. Try it and you'll see. If you measure your cars in terms of smiles per mile, the MX-5 still has to be right near the top of your shortlist.

Terms & Conditions

  • Initial rental due 7 days after delivery
  • First monthly rental due 30 days after delivery
  • Documentation Fee: £0.00
  • Excess mileage charges available on request
  • Road Fund Licence Included
  • Offer is subject to credit acceptance and proof of ID
  • Terms and Conditions Apply
MAZDA MX-5 CONVERTIBLE Exclusive-Line
Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.

Key Information

Fuel Type

Petrol

Transmission

Manual

CO2

140g/km

0 to 62

Secs

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