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Review: Mazda MX-5 2.0

By Faiming_low on 10 Jan 2016 in New model

Attached Image According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Mazda MX-5 has been declared the best-selling two seat sports car in history with total production units going past 940,000 as of mid-2014.

Attached Image Now in its fourth generation, the long-awaited MX-5, which is also called the Roadster in Japan, is back and we take it out for a little spin.

Attached Image Referencing to the first generation model and using Mazda's Skyactiv engineering programme, the new MX-5 is much smaller and lighter than its predecessor. At 55mm shorter than the first generation model, It’s the most compact MX-5 yet and, save for the original, the lightest at a little more than 1,050kg.

Attached Image With that in mind, you wouldn't really expect it to have lots of cabin space. And yes you are right. There really isn't much space in here but hey, we aren't complaining. In actual fact, I grew to like the coziness as the day went by.

Attached Image Importantly, the driving position is almost spot on. You sit low and snug in the sports seat but some might find the non height adjustable seats a little restrictive.

Attached Image Good to still find proper cupholders despite the premium in space.

Attached Image Speakers built into the headrest ensure that you can hear what's on the radio when the roof is down.

Attached Image One of the best features the MX-5 is its ability to go topless in a few seconds. I love how you can stow the roof and latch it back up with just one hand.

Attached Image The MX-5 doesn't have many negative points but if you look hard enough, you can still find a couple of them. While not critical, having the pedals slightly offset to the right mars the driving experience slightly.

Attached Image On the topic of pedals, I got to sample both the manual and automatic variant and my vote goes to the manual transmission. With a positive throw action of the gearlever and a very manageable clutch, its a joy to savour the mechanical interaction going on when you drive it hard. Meanwhile, the automatic blunts the performance slightly and can be a little slow to react when you request for gearchanges.

Attached Image If you opt for the six-speed automatic, there is a "Sports" mode that you can toggle on and off. It increases throttle response and delays the gearbox from shifting up early.

Attached Image The 158bhp 2.0-litre lump redlines at 6,500rpm. I wish it could rev higher, like how its 1.5-litre variant can go up till 7,500rpm before it runs out of breath.

Attached Image The exhaust note is on a rorty side but don't expect the car to crack or pop like the european sports cars do when you drive it hard.

Attached Image 17-inch wheels with 45 profile tyres allows the car to have some decent ride comfort while the brakes haul the lightweight car down from speed easily. Meanwhile, I have no complains about the quick-ratio electromechanical power steering which felt sharp and confident all the time.

Attached Image Having 200Nm of torque at your disposal might sound a little stingy but with only so little weight and a rev happy engine, I barely found the car wanting in terms of acceleration. Besides, a century sprint figure of 7.3 seconds sounds pretty decent to me. And, when driven sensibly, it is possible to achieve a realistic 12km/L!

Attached Image With all said and done, you could probably guess that we love the new Mazda MX-5 quite a bit. I mean, in today's tech-laden and heavy cars, the charm of something small, simple that drives well is really refreshing. Beside, what else looks as good as it at this price?

Attached Image Oh, on a side note, you might even be able to slip through some parking gantries with its low height ;)

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Faiming_low
Written by Faiming_low
Since young, Fai Ming has always centered his life around cars. In fact his first word was 'car' and not 'mum' or 'dad'. Aren't kids cute?



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Rootkie Jan 11 2016 01:05 PM
Lol-ed at parking gantries
Desmogolf Jan 14 2016 09:39 AM

Fantastic piece! The 2.0L started selling in SG recently? I remember the 1.5L was the first one to go on sale?

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