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Brand New 70 Plate Mazda MX-5 1.5 [132] R-Sport 2dr

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£2872 deposit
£379 per month

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

7" colour touch screen with Mazda connect infotainmentAha and stitcher app
Analogue speedometerApple car play/Android Auto
Cruise control + speed limiterDriver alert system
Electronic odometerEngine start/stop button
Hands free phone preparationIntegrated bluetooth including internet app integration
Integrated navigation systemLane departure warning system
PASRear parking sensor
Remote boot releaseService indicator
TachometerTraffic sign recognition
Trip computerWater temperature gauge

Entertainment

2 USB/aux input socketPremium Bose sound system with 9 speakers with 2 in each front headrest, AM/FM/DAB radio and single CD/MP3
Steering wheel mounted audio controls 

Exterior Features

Adaptive front lighting systemAuto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlamp levellingBlack scuff plates with stainless steel insert
Body colour bumpersBody colour co ordinated interior upper door trim
Coming/leaving home lighting functionDual exhaust pipes
Dusk sensitive headlampsElectric front windows/one touch facility
Heated glass window and soft top coverHigh mounted rear brake light with Black coloured cover
LED 3rd brake lightLED daytime running lights
LED HeadlightsLED indicator lights
LED rear lightsMetallic paint
Piano black electric/heated door mirrorsPiano Black fashion bars
Premium grey soft roof topRain sensing front wipers

Interior Features

12V socketCentre console storage box
Chrome Air conditioning dialsClimate control air conditioning
Coin BoxDriver/ passenger seat manual slide, recline and tilt adjustment
Front centre armrestFront head restraints
Gear shift indicatorHeated front seats, in 3 heat levels
ISOFIX front passenger seat child seat complianceLeather gear knob
Leather handbrake leverLeather steering wheel
Lockable rear storage boxNappa leather upholstery
Side door in Black leatherette with Red stitchingSilver stitching on fabric seat, steering wheel, gear knob, hand brake and door trim
Sports seatsTilt/telescopic steering column
Two cupholdersWindblocker

Safety

3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensionersABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
Deployable Hood System (DHS)Driver and front passenger airbags
DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction ControlFasten seatbelt reminder
Hill hold assistPassenger airbag deactivate switch
Passenger airbag deactivation systemRear smart city brake support
Side airbagsSmart City Brake Support - SCBS
Tyre pressure monitor 

Security

Remote central door lockingSmart keyless entry
SuperlockingThatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser

Technical

I-ELOOPi-stop

Trim

Chrome air vent surroundsChrome meter rings
Leather effect lower dash panel with silver stitching 

Wheels

16" RAYS ZE40 Gun metallic alloy wheelsTyre puncture repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb142
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High151WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High122
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low178WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium134

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1496Compression Ratio13.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)74.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)85.8
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb6.3WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High5.4WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium5.9WLTP - MPG - Comb44.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High42.8WLTP - MPG - High52.3
WLTP - MPG - Low35.8WLTP - MPG - Medium47.9

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power132
Based On ID92063Coin SeriesR-Sport
Generation Mark4Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0728E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %84NCAP Child Occupant Protection %80
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094NCAP Pedestrian Protection %93
NCAP Safety Assist %64Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage12500Special EditionTrue
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

Engine Power - BHP132Engine Power - KW97
Engine Power - PSTrueEngine Power - RPM7000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT112Engine Torque - MKG15.5
Engine Torque - NM152Engine Torque - RPM4000

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front195/50 R16
Tyre Size Rear195/50 R16Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1225Length3915
Wheelbase2310Width1735

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)45Gross Vehicle Weight1230
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)130Max. Loading Weight234
Minimum Kerbweight996No. of Seats2
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mazda MX-5

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

Ten Second Review

It's hard not to like the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 roadster, especially now that it's faster, safer and more efficient. As before, there are 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engine options and anything this car lacks in outright power, it more than makes up in agility and tactility.

Background

Is there another car sold today that rivals the Mazda MX-5's legacy? The Porsche 911 is an icon and the Toyota GT86 might well become one. The Volkswagen Golf 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. Now the company's added a touch of extra power and technology to the equation.

Driving Experience

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. The 1.5 still puts out 132PS, but the 2.0-litre powerplant's original 160PS output has been now 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.. Torque has risen slightly with the 2.0-litre, from 200 to 205Nm. Mazda says that this 'SKYACTIV-G' 2.0 unit is now higher-revving and acoustically-tuned. The rest to 62mph sprint time is now 0.8s faster at 6.5s. 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 for the soft-top version with the base 1.5-litre 132PS engine theoretically start at around £24,000 - that's for a base 'SE-L' model - or around £26,000 if you want plusher 'Sport' trim. There's a premium of £1,900 if you want the folding hard-top RF body style. If you'd like the perkier 2.0-litre 184PS powerp[lant, you'd get two dedicated trim grades - 'Sport Tech', priced in soft top form from around £28,500; and top 'GT Sport Tech', priced in soft top form from around £30,000. Again, there's a £1,900 premium to add on if you want the RF body shape. With the 2.0-litre engine, you'll also be offered the option of paddleshift auto transmission for £1,600 more, though only if you choose an RF model. Even base models come with alloy wheels, LED headlights, a leather steering wheel, plus a lightweight and sleek fabric hood. SE-L versions add LED daytime running lights, climate control air-conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth and cruise control, plus Mazda's MZD-Connect connectivity and infotainment system with 7-inch colour touch-screen display and Multimedia Commander. SE-L models with the 2.0-litre engine get gunmetal 17-inch alloy wheels and piano black door mirrors, as well as benefiting from a strut tower bar and limited slip differential. Navigation is optional. Step up to Sport trim and both the 1.5 and 2.0-litre cars feature rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, Premium Bose Surround-Sound and heated leather seats. With the 1.5-litre engine, 'Sport' trim MX-5's come with 16-inch gunmetal alloy wheels and piano black door mirrors. 'Sport Tech' models with the 2.0-litre engine get sports suspension featuring Bilstein dampers, a limited slip differential and strut tower bar, and can be identified by their 17-inch alloy wheels and body coloured mirrors.

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 emissions are agreeably low, the 1.5-litre engine pegged at 138g/km (NEDC), with 44.8mpg possible on the NEDC combined cycle. The 2.0-litre engine is rated at 156g/km (WLTP) and 40.9mpg - or 157g/km and 37.2mpg in auto form. 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 has to be right near the top of your shortlist.

Performance
70%
Handling
90%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
90%
Build
80%
Value
90%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
90%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards. Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£379
Deposit£2872
Term (months)42
Cash price£27,700
Credit amount£24,828
Guaranteed future value£8910
Contract mileage28,000
Excess mileage charge7.5p per mile
Representative APR0%
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