Mazda MX-5

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How much does the Mazda MX-5 cost to run?

The 1.5L petrol is the most economical Mazda MX-5 to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency. Compared to the competition in the Convertible segment, it’s one of the best you can choose.

The Mazda MX-5 1.5L petrol costs £145.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band E.

It does just over 47 MPG on average, which means it will cost £12.00* in petrol every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Mercedes Benz SLC 2.1L diesel and the more thirsty BMW Z4 2.0L petrol.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 25, which is lower than the Fiat 124 Spider 1.4L petrol, but higher than the MINI Roadster 2.0L diesel.

Engine options

model1.5L petrol1.8L petrol2.0L petrol
mpg44.8 - 47.139.8 - 40.435.8 - 40.9
emissions139 - 143167156 - 188
tax£145.00 - £160.00£235.00£200.00 - £300.00
insuranceGroup 24 - 26Group 21 - 22Group 26 - 32

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Mazda MX-5: How big is the boot?

The Mazda MX-5 has a below average boot space (135 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair. Alternatively you could load up with one large bag or one cabin bag instead.

Worth knowing, the Mercedes Benz SLK convertible is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and one large bag with its 335 litres.

Is the Mazda MX-5 easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the MINI Roadster), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill just under three quarters of the space.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 3937m long it gives you reasonable 863mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Mazda MX-5 has the best performance?

The fastest Mazda MX-5 from 0-60, is the 2.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 205 lbs/ft torque and 184 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the BMW Z4 3.0L petrol, which will beat your Mazda MX-5 to 60 by 0.4 seconds. That doesn’t sound much, but in 0-60 terms it’s actually a big gap.

Engine options

model1.5L petrol1.8L petrol2.0L petrol
zeroTo628.3 - - 8.5
torque150 - 152167188 - 205
bhp131 - 132126160 - 184