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Why buy a used Mazda MX-5?

If you're in the market for a sporty two-seat convertible, then a used Mazda MX-5 is the ideal choice. It provides great value for money without sacrificing on driving pleasure, style or technology. This lightweight sports car glides effortlessly along the road, offering superb handling and a supremely fun driving experience. It's also relatively affordable to buy and run, thanks to its small size and efficient engine range.

Latest used Mazda MX-5

Mazda, MX-5

2024 (24) - Mazda MX-5

2024 (24) - Mazda MX-525

£26,995

  • 2L
  • 10.0

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Convertible

Delivered By Heycar

01628956338 *

4.5/5 Stars

Mazda, MX-5

2010 (10) - Mazda MX-5

2010 (10) - Mazda MX-518

Low Mileage

£4,999

Finance available £89 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 88.5K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Convertible

RCS Car Sales

01905409375 *

Mazda, MX-5

2024 (24) - Mazda MX-5

2024 (24) - Mazda MX-525

£33,895

  • 2L
  • 50.0

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Coupe

Delivered By Heycar

01937220981 *

4.5/5 Stars

Mazda, MX-5

2006 (06) - Mazda MX-5

2006 (06) - Mazda MX-538

Reduced

£4,450

Finance available £77 pm

*Representative example

  • 1.8L
  • 71.0K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Convertible

M&M Automotive

01590202356 *

Mazda, MX-5

2015 - Mazda MX-5

2015 - Mazda MX-523

Low Mileage

£8,995

Finance available £178 pm

*Representative example

  • 1.8L
  • 50.2K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Coupe

Armstrong Massey Driffield

01377798684 *

3.3/5 Stars

Mazda, MX-5

2022 - Mazda MX-5

2022 - Mazda MX-532

Low Mileage

£23,790

Finance available £468 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 12.2K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Coupe

The Car Warehouse Bridgend

01656350268 *

Mazda, MX-5

2008 - Mazda MX-5

2008 - Mazda MX-511

Low Mileage

£4,990

Finance available £89 pm

*Representative example

  • 1.8L
  • 40.4K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Convertible

Supercar Classics

01513916205 *

Mazda, MX-5

2012 (62) - Mazda MX-5

2012 (62) - Mazda MX-515

Low Mileage

£11,290

Finance available £229 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 31.1K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Coupe

Supercar Classics

01513916205 *

Mazda MX-5 snapshot review

Pros

  • Lots of fun
  • Performance suited for British roads
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Limited adjustment
  • Small amounts of storage
  • Only two seats

Mazda MX-5 by type

Automatic
Manual
Petrol
2 Door

Used Mazda MX-5 information

Engines and transmissions

Mazda has only offered petrol engines with the MX-5, combined with an automatic or a manual gearbox and standard rear-wheel drive.

Petrol
  • 1.5-litre SKYACTIV G 132 makes 130bhp and is rated at 44.8mpg.
  • 2.0-litre SKYACTIV G 184 increases output to 181bhp and only drops efficiency to 41.5mpg.
  • Older versions output 129-157bhp, with ratings between 40.9mpg and 47.1mpg.

Practicality

Customers generally choose the Mazda MX-5 because of the excitement and handling it offers, but it does have some practical features.

Interior space
  • Seats accommodate two people and provide plenty of adjustments.
  • Leather heated seats are available for more comfort and style.
  • Small storage box found between two front seats for holding items.
  • Passenger seat contains an ISOFIX mounting point for child seats.
Boot space
  • 130-litre boot can hold a couple of carry-on suitcases or shopping bags.
  • Boot remains the same size regardless of whether the roof is down or up.
Bodystyles
  • MX-5 RF has a folding RF-Targa-style hard-top.
  • Convertible top has a fabric roof for a classic look.

Safety

  • Four-star safety rating given by Euro NCAP in 2015.
  • Pedestrian rating is 93%, with an adult occupant rating of 84% and child occupant at 80%.
  • Standard safety kit includes airbags, stability control, tyre-pressure monitoring and a bonnet that pops up to protect pedestrians.

Technology

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen display sits on the dash so that it's easy to see.
  • Satnav available on newer models, with some trims including it as standard.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto remove cables from the cabin.

Mazda MX-5 generations

Built out of a love for British sports cars, Mazda first released the MX-5 in 1989 and it quickly became a popular model. Currently in its fourth generation, the MX-5 hit a million units sold in 2016. Even though it started out with a basic lightweight design, Mazda has continued to improve the styling, features and technology to keep it relevant and exciting.

Fourth Generation (2015 to Present)

Mazda refers to this generation as the ND, and the size became even more compact than the original. Compared with the previous generation, the MX-5 weighs 100kg less, massively improving both handling and fuel efficiency. Despite its small size, Mazda has managed to equip the MX-5 with high-tech safety equipment and reliable SKYACTIV engines. This generation had a twin manufactured by Fiat, known as the Abarth 124 Spider.

In 2016, the RF Targa-style folding hard-top was released, providing more options. In 2021, a slight refresh arrived with new Kinematic Posture Control. This advanced system allows for better cornering by applying the brakes to individual rear wheels as needed.

Fourth Generation (2015 to Present)
Fuel type:
Petrol
Engine Size:
1.5 - 2
MPG:
39 - 47
Acceleration:
6.5 - 8.7 seconds
Boot space:
127 - 130 L capacity
NCAP Safety rating:
4 / 5 stars
  • Greenest

    1.5 SE 2dr

  • Cheapest

    1.5 SE 2dr

  • Fastest

    2.0 [184] Homura 2dr

Third Generation (2005 to 2015)

Internally, this MX-5 is known as the NC and it arrived with a wider, heavier and longer body than ever before. With a more spacious and modern cabin, some enthusiasts were happy, but others preferred the old style. Thankfully, there were 2.0-litre powerful engines in the lineup that kept it fun to drive. During this generation, Mazda also released the MX-5 Roadster Coupé with a folding hardtop.

A 2009 facelift modernised the look of the MX-5, as well as improved the handling thanks to more responsive steering. As a result, these models command a premium on the used market.

Third Generation (2005 to 2015)
Fuel type:
Petrol
Engine Size:
1.8 - 2
MPG:
34 - 40
Acceleration:
7.6 - 9.9 seconds
Boot space:
150 L capacity
NCAP Safety rating:
stars
  • Greenest

    1.8i SE 2dr

  • Cheapest

    1.8i 2dr

  • Fastest

    2.0i SE 2dr

Used Mazda MX-5 information

Used Mazda MX-5 FAQ's

Which is the most popular engine in the Mazda MX-5?

The larger 2.0-litre petrol engine is the most popular because it offers the most power and performance. Newer versions output 184bhp and are still considered to be relatively efficient, being capable of up to 41.5mpg.

Which are the most popular trim levels?

New MX-5s come in three trim levels: Prime-Line, Exclusive-Line and Homura. With used models, the most popular seems to be the SE, which was a base model but still came well-equipped with tech features.

What optional extras should I look out for?

Leather heated seats make the ride more enjoyable, and there's advanced safety technology that can enhance the experience, such as adaptive front lights, lane departure warning and parking sensors. We also recommend the premium 9-speaker Bose audio system to make the sound more immersive.

What does 'SKYACTIV' mean in Mazda cars?

SKYACTIV is an exclusive technology developed by Mazda and used in several of its cars. With the advanced lineup, engine output is increased with maximum fuel efficiency. These engines have been found to be reliable and long-lasting when properly maintained.

Is there a hybrid version of the Mazda MX-5?

Mazda hasn't added electric technology to the MX-5 yet. For now, there are only petrol models available. Mild hybrid technology has been added to some other cars from the lineup, such as the Mazda2 and Mazda3.

Is the Mazda MX-5 available as an automatic?

An automatic transmission was offered, but it's relatively rare on the used market. Most drivers prefer to maintain shifting control with the manual gearbox, which is easy to find among used models.

Is there a four-wheel drive version available?

Mazda has only ever built the MX-5 with a rear-wheel drive configuration. There has never been a four-wheel drive model. With rear-wheel drive, Mazda ensures that the handling is sporty and exciting at all speed ranges.

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