Mazda MX-5 2.Zero Sport Nav+: long-term take a look at evaluation
Financial system: 40.9mpg
It’s laborious to cowl up the smile on my face, as a result of I do know I’ve the keys to a Mazda MX-5 for the subsequent six months.
My final three vehicles have been saloons, so the prospect of a two-seater sports activities automotive because the climate begins to heat up is an thrilling one. You’d be beaming as a lot as me.
• Mazda 6 long-term take a look at evaluation
Whereas I used to be loath to relinquish the keys to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce I used to be working earlier than, I did spend a while with the now-departed Mazda 6. And I concluded that, similar to the Alfa, it had its flaws, but it surely was a deeply likeable automotive to dwell with.
The 6 provided one thing completely different to its rational rivals just like the Skoda Very good and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport: character. In typical Mazda fashion, it has additionally been steadily improved through the years, with the newest model sporting an extremely well-built and enjoyable inside, and exterior styling that for me borders on being fairly. If solely that 2.5-litre engine and computerized gearbox mixture have been extra satisfying to make use of, then the 6 could be my alternative in that family-saloon-cum-executive-car sector.
However similar to relationships, the 6 is outdated information and our new flame is the MX-5. It acquired a little bit of a makeover late final yr, with just a few delicate adjustments designed to enhance its usability. Issues like a steering column that adjusts for attain in addition to rake at the moment are normal, as are seats with a smoother reclining mechanism (sure, actually), sturdier cupholders and a reversing digicam on a brand new top-spec GT Sport Nav+ mannequin. On the identical time, extra security equipment appeared within the choices listing; so did Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The massive information for this revised MX-5 was a brand new 2.0-litre engine. Within the 2015-2018 MX-5, the two.Zero was a little bit of a letdown, with the revvy little 1.5 the star of present. However with an additional 23bhp and 5Nm of torque, plus the rev limiter raised from 6,800 to 7,500rpm, the brand new unit’s figures look extra promising.
Certainly, once I first drove this new engine on the automotive’s launch on the well-known Trasfagarasan Freeway in Romania final yr, it instantly appealed. The following six months will reveal whether or not the two.0-litre is now the higher engine choice for day-to-day use or if the 1.5 – the engine this fourth-generation MX-5 bundle was designed round – stays the decide of the vary.
Talking of the vary, we’ve gone for the MX-5 slap bang within the center. The Sport Nav+ could not have the neat little spoiler and different niceties of the brand new GT Sport Nav+, but it surely’s the one most patrons go for, as a result of it will get heated leather-based seats, sat-nav and a Bose sound system. To match our 6, we’ve additionally chosen arguably one of the best color for an MX-5: Soul Pink Crystal Metallic. It’s dear, at £790, but it surely appears nice and, as you possibly can see from the images, it’s very photogenic.
Lastly, to check out a few of the newest tech, we’ve opted for the £800 security pack as effectively. This bundles collectively a reversing digicam, adaptive LED headlights and blind spot monitoring with rear cross visitors alert.
No surprise I’m all smiles. The following six months are shaping as much as be fairly good.
*Insurance coverage quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, with three factors.