New Mazda MX5 Convertible Review
When it came to the re-design of the Mazda MX5, Mazda sent out a design brief to its main three design studios in Germany, Japan and America, the eventual result was a Mazda MX5 with a Japanese exterior and a German interior and it turned out to be a more than adequate merger.
The new Mazda MX5 is slightly bigger than its predecessor with a lot of emphasis on the slightly. Overall length on the new Mazda MX5 has been increased by 20mm whilst the width has had just double that, 40mm. More significant is the increase in the tracks ( 75mm at the front and 55mm at the rear) and the longer wheelbase with a 65mm increase.
In the past the Mazda MX5 has suffered from a lack of room, but with the increases in the body and the fact that the engine has been moved back by 135mm the new Mazda MX5 is roomier all round.
Two all new engines power the new Mazda MX5, both are all alloy four cylinder units, one is a 1.8 litre that develops 124 bhp, the other is a 2.0 litre with a maximum power of 158 bhp. Power is transmitted through a five speed manual gearbox (six speed on the 2.0 litre sport) and top speeds of 122 and 130 mph are achieved respectively (regardless of gearbox).
Entry level is the Mazda MX5 1.8i, standard equipment on this vehicle includes amongst other things 6.5JJ steel wheels with 205/50 R16 tyres, four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), ventilated front disc brakes, solid rear disc brakes, AM/FM radio with single CD player & four speakers, Black vinyl soft-top with integrated heated glass window and soft-top cover, electric Boot lid opener, front and rear body coloured bumpers, alarm with interior sensing, console with cup holders, digital clock combined with audio unit, silver inner door handles, body colour exterior door handles, power-operated and heated door mirrors in body colour, driver's footrest, dual front airbags including passenger airbag deactivation system, fuel flap opener, urethane gear knob & steering wheel, headlights on reminder, manual levelling halogen headlights, passenger side ISOFIX child seat anchorages, Immobiliser system, day/night inner mirror, piano black instrument panel trim, Interior light, lockable glove box, Mazda Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System (MAIDAS), meter set - amber-red illumination, engine oil-pressure indicator, silver-finish meter rings, water temperature gauge, remote central locking power door locks with superlock & boot release, power steering, power windows with one-touch auto down (driver's side only), high-mounted rear brake light, rear fog light, plastic scuff plates, seatbelt reminder, black cloth sport seats and integral headrests, a windblocker and green laminated windscreen glass.
Next up is the Mazda MX5 2.0i this also has dynamic stability control (DSC) with traction control system (TCS), a limited slip differential (LSD) and side airbags in addition to the equipment on the Mazda MX5 1.8i.
Finally in the Mazda MX5 range is the Mazda MX5 2.0i Sport standard equipment on this level of trim includes 7J alloy wheels with 205/45 R17 tyres, black leather steering wheel with audio controls, six speakers, front fog lights, black leather gear knob with silver insert, leather handbrake lever with silver release button, premium cloth soft-top with integrated heated glass window and soft-top cover, leather sport seats with seat warmer and integral headrests, Bilstein sport suspension, suspension strut bar and stainless steel scuff plates all in addition or replacement to the equipment on the Mazda MX5 2.0i.
Like the looks of the Mazda MX5, why not check out, the Audi TT, the Bmw Z4 or the Mini Cooper S Convertible.
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