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17 Mazda Mx-5 2.0 Sport Nav 2dr Auto

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From £27,295
£2508.25 deposit
£429 per month

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

7" touchscreen with multimedia commanderCruise control + speed limiter
Engine start/stop buttonHill hold assist
Integrated bluetooth with steering wheel mounted controlsLane departure warning system
PASRear parking sensor
Remote boot releaseSatellite navigation system
Trip computerWater temperature gauge

Entertainment

9 speakersAuxiliary input socket
Bose Premium Audio systemDAB Digital radio
MP3 compatible radio/single CD playerUSB/iPod connection

Exterior Features

Adaptive front lighting systemAuto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlamp levellingBody colour bumpers
Body coloured door mirrorsComing/leaving home lighting function
Dual exhaust pipesDusk sensitive headlamps
Electric front windows/one touch facilityElectrically heated door mirrors
Electrically operated body colour retractable hard topLED daytime running lights
LED HeadlightsRain sensing front wipers

Interior Features

12V socketBody coloured inner door trims
Centre console storage boxClimate control air conditioning
CupholdersFront centre armrest
Front head restraintsHeated front seats
Height adjustable front seatsISOFIX front passenger seat child seat compliance
Leather gear knobLeather handbrake lever
Leather steering wheelLockable rear storage box
Sports seatsTilt/slide reclining front seats
Windblocker 

Safety

3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensionersABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction ControlDual front airbags
Fasten seatbelt reminderPassenger airbag deactivation system
Side airbagsTyre pressure monitor

Security

DeadlockRemote central door locking
Smart keyless entryThatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser

Trim

Black vinyl leather dashboard panel 

Wheels

17" Bright 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

CO2 (g/km)167Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1998Compression Ratio13.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)83.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)91.2
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionAUTO 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)39.2EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)51.4EC Urban (mpg)28

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power160
Coin SeriesSport NavInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0728E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage12500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.4Engine Power - BHP160
Engine Power - KW118Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6000Engine Torque - LBS.FT148
Engine Torque - MKG20Engine Torque - NM200
Engine Torque - RPM4600Top Speed121

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear205/45 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleBRIGHTWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1236Length3915
Wheelbase2310Width1735

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)45Gross Vehicle Weight1305
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)127Max. Loading Weight165
Minimum Kerbweight1140No. 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

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

Introduction

Success can be a double-edged sword. While it's great to reap the financial rewards of huge sales, it can also make designing a replacement that much trickier. Still, as problems go, it's a nice one to have. Mazda were faced with just such a predicament when they came to replace the second generation MX-5. Although evergreen was a word often used to describe this car, all vehicles have a shelf life and the Japanese company couldn't afford for this one to overstay its welcome. The third generation car was a bit bigger, a whole lot smarter but still true to the original formula. A used buy remains one of the safest roadster purchases you can make.

History

First a brief recap on the Mazda MX-5 to date. Introduced to rave reviews way back in 1991, the MX-5 rapidly became an institution, shamelessly aping classic British sports cars but without the flaky build quality. The second generation model arrived in April 1998. The pop-up headlamps were ditched in favour of fixed lights, the engines were made more powerful and the vinyl zip out rear window was upgraded to a proper glass item. Twin airbags were fitted and the S model received a Torsen limited slip differential. Somewhat unbelievably, a low fuel warning light wasn't fitted until 2002 when the range underwent a mild freshening. The third generation model debuted in September 2005 and although it was a little bigger and heavier, the styling rejuvenated the car, being a bit edgier than before, and the introduction in September 2006 of the Roadster-Coupe model with a folding hard top further broadened the appeal to customers who wanted the handling of the MX-5 but weren't enamoured of a fabric roof.

What You Get

While the philosophy hasn't changed a great deal from the original car, the execution of this third-generation MX-5 is quite different. Gone are the curvy 'Coke-bottle' flanks of the old car, replaced instead by a cleaner, slabbier look. Viewed in profile, the differences aren't huge, but from front and rear, there are quite fundamental changes. The wheel arches are considerably beefier, allowing the fitment of big alloy wheels. To accentuate the tapering shapes of the body, the headlights and tail light are, somewhat unusually, mounted well inboard of the corners. One thing that didn't really need a lot of changing was the car's hood. Even now, there are plenty of prestige manufacturers who have never got anywhere close to the simplicity and elegance of design of the MX-5's original rag top and the latest car doesn't divert too far from that base. The Z-folding roof unclips with one central latch and is then throw down flush with the car's rear deck. It would have been sacrilege to burden the MX-5 with weighty folding tin top with a million and one electric motors to blunt performance but Mazda couldn't resist the modern trend for movable metal roofs entirely. Instead, they designed a folding hardtop that sets new standards for lightness and simplicity. That's why buyers who really don't want the cloth top MX-5 can turn to the MX-5 Roadster Coupe. One area where the MX-5 was starting to fall off the pace quite obviously was in terms of interior design. Roadster buyers want a little visual pizzazz and the acres of black plastic and low rent trim hamstrung the company in their bid to present ever more upmarket variants of the MX-5. The MK3 car is a whole lot smarter inside with a T-shaped dash layout housing a neat centre console, while the driver-focused dials feature metallic bezels to lift the ambience. The speakers, gear change gaiter, ventilation controls, air vents, main dials, cupholders and steering wheel boss all follow a circular theme. The quality of trim material is way higher than before with a high-gloss piano black finish across the fascia.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

With the MK2 MX-5, there were all sorts of pitfalls regarding parallel imports and ponied up used examples, problems that you tend not to have to look out for with the third-generation model. Just make sure that the car has been serviced on the button, hasn't been crassly modified and hasn't suffered accident damage. It's also quite easy to immolate a set of rear tyres if you know how to disable the stability control and have found a deserted airfield or benign roundabout, so make sure there's some tread on the rears. Otherwise just check the alloys for kerbing damage, the tyres for wear and the hood for signs of rips, damage or discolouration. The Roadster-Coupe roof mechanism should also work quickly with no need for manual alignment. Mazda raised the ride height of the MX-5 by 30mm to pass EU pedestrian crash tests. Apparently the car handles far better when returned to the factory ride height. Not that we would condone such antisocial behaviour.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2006 MX-5 1.8i ex Vat) A clutch assembly is around £200 and an exchange alternator about £225 while a starter motor is around £150. A door mirror is about £125 and a windscreens just under £130.

On the Road

Five basic requirements were defined to realise the third-generation MX-5 design criiteria. Firstly the car would be as light as possible while meeting global safety requirements. Next, the cockpit would comfortably accommodate two full stature occupants with no wasted space. The basic layout would continue with the original's front-engine rear-wheel drive configuration with the engine positioned ahead of the driver but behind the front axle for a 50:50 front to rear weight distribution. All four wheels would be attached by wishbone or multi-link suspension systems to maximize tyre performance, road grip and dynamic stability. Finally, the chassis would provide a solid connection between the engine and the rear mounted differential to sharpen throttle response. That the MK3 MX-5 scores in these departments is obvious from its basic details. The engine moved back fully 135mm for better weight distribution, while chassis torsional rigidity goes up by 47 per cent. Rather than concentrate on kilograms saved, Mazda insisted that every component would be weighed in grams. Take care of the grams and the kilos look after themselves. The 125bhp 1.8-litre alternative is far sweeter and rewards hard driving more vocally. With a 0-60mph acceleration time of 9.4s, there's plenty of scope to explore the 1.8-litre MX-5's potential without entering licence confiscation territory. The 2.0-litre unit is capable of 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds which is still fairly tame by today's standards. Neither car will trouble any of the top-line hot hatchbacks that are currently available in a traffic light face off. The entry level car has a 122mph top speed compared to 130mph in the range-topper.

Overall

Take a look at a used third generation MX-5 and ask yourself what a used Honda S2000 offers for £10,000 more. Yes, the Honda is a little faster but how often will you need to go that fast? The Mazda handles better and even feels better built. It's still one of the best used buys around. Some things don't change.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
100%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
70%
* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

Personal contract purchase (PCP)

Representative finance example
Monthly payment£429
Deposit£2508.25
Term (months)42
Fixed interest rate2%
Cash price£27,295
Mazda deposit£500
Credit amount£24,286.75
Guaranteed future value£8544.63
Total amount payable£29,570.88
Contract mileage31500
Excess mileage charge14.9p per mile
APRFixed 3.9% APR representative

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  • Low monthly payments
  • A new car every three or four years
  • Flexible mileage options available
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