Mazda MX-5 review – Telegraph

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Mazda MX-5

A facelift for the Japanese sports car marks a return to form.

the most successful sports car of all is not easy, especially when been doing it for two straight But that’s been Mazda’s with its hugely popular which has so far attracted 854,000 a big number for a less-than-practical two-seater.

So was the original that it lured of rivals into a market had been virtually …, many later departed or refuge in the pricier end of the pool.

has left today’s MX-5 few rivals at the price, although the third-generation version has not been as stellar as its predecessors. Completely in 2005, this fractionally slightly more muscular was impressive for the structural rigidity of its the cheese-paring zeal with Mazda relieved it of surplus the effortless convenience of its hood and an that, if not luxurious, was certainly comfortable than the 1989

But doubts have clustered that most crucial of car characteristics, its handling. The 2005 inconsistent reactions were a as were the oddly glutinous steering and a rear end that break away with the of a collapsing seaside cliff. So has mounted a mission to exorcise flaws and once again the MX-5 the darling of traditional lovers.

The most obvious change is the frontal appearance. The elliptical that paid homage to the Lotus Elan, the MX-5’s muse, has been replaced by trademark five-node grille and the are new, too.

The vital though, has been made to the suspension, where altered points lower the Mazda’s centre to produce more reactions from steering that has ceased to feel

The MX-5 now feels more poised in bends and so do you. is further heightened by an impressively ride, even from the Sport’s firmer Bilstein absorbers. Although the steering still yield more and the Mazda’s demeanour is a little compared with the recently MG TF, this car is thoroughly satisfying to in both mellow 1.8 and slightly enthusiastic 2.0 versions.

The bigger efforts are broadcast via the automotive of an ear trumpet, incidentally; a tube its eager threshings to the cockpit. If sounds potentially wearisome, not the noise level is well

Neither engine is more than previously, but the 2.0’s at lower rpm has been strengthened and its rev stretched to 7,500rpm. It’s slightly more economical.

The changes improve the MX-5’s and, in the case of the retractable coupé, refinement (attention to the has reduced the commotion of motion). The has more storage space, the are less invasive and a seven-speaker sound system is now available.

These are small but important because they herald a to form for a car that has lately a little off colour.

Price/availability: On sale April 1.

Mazda MX-5

Engine/transmission: four-cylinder petrol with and 16 valves; 126bhp at 6,500rpm, ft of torque at 4,500rpm.

2.0-litre, petrol with dohc and 16 160bhp at 7,000rpm, 139lb ft at Five-speed manual on all models six-speed manual on 2.0i Six-speed automatic optional on 2.0

Performance: 1.8; top speed 0-62mph in 9.9sec, EU Urban consumption 40.4mpg, CO2 emissions

2.0i Sport; 132mph, 37.2mpg, 181g/km.

We like: entertainment value, balanced durability.

We don’t like: still short of feel, for some.

Alternatives: Alfa Spider, from £25,374. BMW Z4, £23,707. Caterham Seven, £19,695. Honda S2000, £27,604. Lotus Elise, £24,950.

MG TF from £16,055.

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