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Mazda MX-5 Successfully Refreshed

Mazda MX-5 Successfully Refreshed

From time to time a car comes along that everybody likes and wants. The Mazda MX-5 is just such a car. It is probable that the reason we don’t see more of them on the road is that their purpose is not practicality but rather simple driving pleasure. It really doesn’t matter how much you can afford to spend on a car, it is highly likely that, on British roads at least, the Mazda MX-5 is the ideal choice for the keen driver.

First introduced to the world in 1989, the MX-5 is an affordable two-seater and was originally an unashamed back to basics front engine, rear wheel drive sports car for the purposes of pleasure. It has grown up a bit since then and is now presented with all the options a modern driver could want. Best of all it only costs between around £18 – 23,000, depending on model choice. If this is still too rich for a buyer then there are plenty around on the used car market that will fit the bill.

Prior to the introduction of a completely new version in 2014 (which will also be marketed in a posh frock by Alfa Romeo), Mazda have refreshed the current model with a new face, a pedestrian-friendly bonnet and the usual accoutrements we have come to expect like sat-nav, climate and extra airbags. That’s it in the photo. Smart, isn’t it?

There are seven versions in the new range and, as ever, the company are determined that the car will be as good to drive as ever. The revised bodywork gives the car a wider, more aggressive look that, helpfully, improves the aerodynamics and balance. Mazda engineers have modified the vacuum brake booster apparently. This may mean nothing to you now but it will when you brake into a corner and find – without even knowing why – the brake return control has been improved and thus front-rear load distribution is even better than the previous version. In short, this car handles.

Buyers have the choice of five or six speed manual ‘boxes depending on the model and there’s also a ‘PowerShift’ gearbox allowing auto or paddle-manual. Two engines are offered, a 1.8L with 126ps or a 2.0L with a more powerful 160ps. This doesn’t seem a lot in a sports car but in a small, lightweight two-seater most motorists will think it plenty. Along with the refreshed body work there are some new modern colours and a well specified interior.

So the MX-5 saga continues and Mazda continue to get it right. An affordable, economic, reliable sports car that holds its value and drives like a much more expensive car. What more could you want? Surely your family will understand why they have to use public transport, don’t you think?

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