The Mazda MX-5 is an inexpensive, lightweight roadster that has been charming drivers around the world since it was first introduced in 1989. Even now, in its 4th generation, it remains one of the finest driver's cars money can buy and one of the most recognisable sports cars on the planet. It’s also the biggest-selling roadster on the planet - Mazda has sold almost 1.1 million MX-5s in 29 years. For 2020, Mazda has given the MX-5 a refresh with the aim of enhancing the usability of a car already billed as one of the more accessible sports cars on sale and bolstering the range of specification packages available.
The MX-5 is either available in a convertible body style or the RF, or retractable fastback, gives the MX-5 better isolation from noise and temperature than the regular soft top. It also gives the car a sleeker look with the top up. The Mazda MX-5 is a tough car to improve upon but the Retractable Fastback version just about manages it, effectively offering added capability with - cost aside - almost no downside.
Direct rivals are thin on the ground, especially since the platform-sharing Fiat 124 Spider went out of production. The Audi TT and BMW Z4 are 2-seat roadsters but are far more expensive and less driver-focused than the MX-5. Meanwhile, cars such as the Ford Fiesta ST tick the cheap thrills box, that’s where the similarities end.
“The legendary Mazda MX-5 is back to conquer your heart all over again. Enhanced in just the right details: lightweight, incredibly agile, handling like a roadster.”