the world’s bestselling sports car*, Mazda’s MX-5 looks, feels and performs like a premium sports car, at a fraction of the price.
But what’s it like to actually own one? Helen, a proud MX-5 owner from Carmarthen, reveals first-hand what it’s like to drive one day-to-day.
When I started looking for a small sports car a couple of years ago, the main problem was, that I didn’t really know what I should actually be looking for in the first place.
I liked the idea of a Porsche, just not the price tag that went with it.
I liked the idea of something retro, just not the massive upkeep that goes with keeping it in good working order.
I knew there was a middle ground to be had somewhere and, after a bit of research, that middle ground turned out to be the Mazda MX-5.
For just over ten grand, I was able to get my hands on a beautiful, low mileage, 2.0-litre, metallic grey MX-5 Roadster Coupe. And, after turning the ignition key and putting my foot down for the first time, I’ve never looked back.
I’ve always thought a sports car is nothing if it doesn’t look the part and, with its smart, classic looks and top down, I’ve found the MX-5 to be a real head-turner.
I love the way it looks and the way it makes me feel as a result: I feel proud driving it, and it never fails to put a smile on my face.
Likewise, a sports car is nothing unless it’s fun to drive and, although it’s not the fastest option out there, the MX-5 still delivers spades of fun performance and agile handling. I live in a rural area with lots of winding country roads out of town – perfect for putting it to the test.
And, if I were to make one recommendation to those considering a second-hand MX-5, it would be to shell out a little extra on a 2.0-litre model. Thanks to its revvy engine and seamless, six-speed gearbox, it can take anything I throw at it. And still come back for more.
If you’re looking for an everyday sports car that has everything and more, look no further than the Mazda MX-5.
*(Source: The Guardian)