Mazda MX-5 Roadster

Motoring

Mazda MX-5 Roadster
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I know it's early October and there are fewer and fewer warm sunny days, yet you can still drop your top and turn the car heater to max and have some wind in the hair motoring!

The Mazda MX-5 first launched back in 1989 and since then over 1 million have been sold.

The simple formula of a compact two seat roadster with rear wheel drive and a nippy petrol engine ensured its success.

So with the policy of if it is not broken don’t fix it last year Mazda launched the new MX-5.

The formula remains the same but its 100kg lighter aat 975 KGs nd is powered by a 1.5 litre low emission petrol engine

On a recent trip to Italy this month I sampled the latest MX-5 in glorious sunshine and came away impressed.

The styling is much more muscular and all the better for that.

The whole car looks more substantial and stylish. Mazda did a perfect job of retaining its original styling ideas but bringing them bang up to date. Its gorgeous!

The two seat cabin is better finished than before with higher grade plastics and materials throughout. The driver and passenger now sit 20mm lower than before and further back giving you a feeling of really being an integral part of the car.

There is an adequate amount of storage space for a roadster with extra stowage available behind both seats. The boot is a bit bigger two and would fit about two cabin sized overnight bags.

There are plenty of goodies too nad of course a host of safety features so the new MX-5 lacks nothing really on the specification list.

The 1.5 litre 131 bhp petrol engines is nippy with plenty of get up and go. Due to its low emissions of just 139g/km road tax is €280.00.

I found it performed very well indeed and that short stubby gear lever is light and precise.

Its economical too burning just 6.1 litres per 100km over my road test on a variety of challenging Italian roads.

With rear wheel drive, the engine up front and near 50/50 weight distribution the MX-5 is a drivers delight.

The 1.5 litre is potent enough to thrill without ending up in licence loosing territory.

You dont have to be driving the MX-5 quickly to extract plaesure from the way it rides and handles.

Trundling along with the roof down, listening to the sounds around you is just another aspect of roof down motoring to be enjoyed.

The latest Mazda MX-5 will continue where its predecessor left off. Its a superb little roadster that will prove but fun amd totally reliable. I loved it. That roof is well insulated for Irish rainy days and when the sun does appear you can drop it in seconds and enjoy wind in the hair motoring. The Mazda MX-5 is priced from €27,995.