Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 6 months or so you will know that the all-new Mazda MX-5 is coming out this year, with it’s UK debut being at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. And unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 26 years, I am sure you are aware of what an amazing car the MX-5 is, regardless of which generation or specification. The simple blend of engine at the front, power to the back, perfect 50:50 weight distribution, great power to weight ratio and excellent value for money, means that nothing else has ever been able to quite pull off what the MX-5 has. Today, the newest reincarnation’s details have been announced, from specification to prices and if getting an MX-5 wasn’t tempting enough already, it’s about to get a whole lot harder to resist.
The structure of the new MX-5 lineup goes in the order of SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav, and are available with either the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine which produces 129 bhp or the 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol which pushes out 158bhp. Every model features alloy wheels, LED headlights and a six speed manual transmission – a gear box which has a lot to live up to considering the previous generations. You are also given a choice of seven colour options from Crystal White Pearlescent to Soul Red Metallic. So how much do you think this timeless name which promises to be a near perfect drive would cost? Well, if you’ll settle for the entry level model then you’ll have to part with £18,495, which is excellent value, but before you start fishing through your wallets and thinking which child you’ll get the most money for, the very top model is less than £5,000 more, at £23,295, so maybe the second child might just be worth it to get the full Sport Nav 2.0-litre experience, which will probably be the best car to drive out of anything in the real world.
So, what are you really getting for around £20,000? Well you will get a car which is shorter, sits lower to the ground and is wider than the current MX-5, demonstrating a more purposeful and sporty approach. This new model also has the lowest centre of gravity of any of the previous generations, for supreme agility. This dynamic feel is a result from Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion Design philosophy which offers a more focused design, something that is very clearly illustrated with this new model. As well as the alloy wheels and LED headlights, a leather steering wheel and fabric hood is available across the entire range. If you opt for an SE-L model you will also get LED daytime lights, DAB radio, cruise control, climate control, Bluetooth as well as Mazda’s MZD-Connect infotainment system complete with a 7-inch touchscreen display. If you choose the Sport trim then you are also given rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, Bose surround sound, heated leather seats and rain sensing wipers. The 1.5-litre Sport model has 16-inch alloys and black door mirrors whereas the 2.0-litre variant is distinguished by 17-inch alloys, sports suspension, a limited slip differential and body coloured mirrors. If you want a model with a Sat Nav, Mazda will give you three years of free European map upgrades. Sitting at the top of the nest, the 2.0-litre Sport Nav model comes with an optional £350 safety pack which includes Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Control.
If you wanted to go all out on your MX-5 purchase there are a few other paint options including Mica, Metallic or Pearlescent, any of which will set you back a further £540 or that trademark Soul Red Metallic comes in at £660. There is also a Tan leather trim upgrade available only the Sport Nav models which is an extra £200. The maximum you can spend on the new MX-5 is therefore around the £24,500 mark, which is still fairly reasonable, especially when you consider the original MK1 MX-5 cost the equivalent of around £31,500 in today’s money. Even if you did go for the standard 1.5-litre SE model, you still know you’re going to get a great car, a car which you’ll wake up to every morning and cannot wait to get driving. Nothing on the road gives you the same feeling for the same price as the MX-5 which is what makes this latest instalment so exciting. The options further up the range really reinforces the notion that this new MX-5 is something you can use everyday in comfort and luxury and you know all the modernisations of the MX-5 will never be able to mask it’s spirit of a true, blue blooded, driver’s car.