Why buy a Mazda MX-5?

The Mazda MX-5 is celebrating being named the top roadster in the annual JD Power survey, which asks drivers to rate their cars on driveability, attractiveness, design, reliability and servicing.

It’s no surprise the Mazda MX-5, the world’s most popular two-seat roadster, topped the list. Here, we talk you through the reasons why the car has been such a success over the past 20 years.

The Mazda MX-5 is too often dismissed as a hairdresser’s car. This is a mistake made by people who haven’t driven it. The Mazda MX-5 is based on classic British roadsters, but Mazda has added a lightweight philosophy – the lightest versions weigh just 1080kg – meaning the ‘Zoom Zoom’ philosophy is more evident than ever in the sporty two-seater.

But don’t take our word for it, because the Mazda MX-5 has won a huge amount of awards since its launch 20 years ago. Just the latest version on its own has won awards from AutoCar, Top Gear, Which?, Car Buyer and AutoExpress in recent years, with a plethora of awards for Best ConvertibleRoadster.

If you’re untrusting of the mainstream motoring media, how about your fellow drivers? The Mazda MX-5 is the most successful two-seat sports car ever with over 900,000 sold worldwide since its launch late in the 1980s.

If you’re a British driver, it gets even better. One in nine Mazda MX-5s sold worldwide has been bought in the Britain. Obviously modelling the lightweight car on classic British roadsters has done the trick.

The stylish two-seater can even be specified to a much more exclusive specification. A limited edition 20th Anniversary model was launched last year to honour the long-running soft- and hard-top roadster.

More recently, the Mazda MX-5 Kendo was launched ready for the ’11’ plate in March. Named after a Japanese martial art, the special edition boasts a unique leather interior, Kendo badging and other styling inclusions such as alloy wheels and aluminium touches to the pedals and trim.

Under the attractive body and powering the exceptional drive are two excellent engines. The 1.8-litre petrol sits at the bottom of the range with 124bhp of power and the range topper is a pacy 158bhp 2.0-litre engine.

The latter delivers 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 131mph to provide a fun, involving drive with enough performance to keep anybody happy.

However, all that performance is pointless if the price isn’t right. Below is the full price list for the Mazda MX-5 soft-top roadster:

Mazda MX-5 1.8i SE £17,990

Mazda MX-5 1.8i SE Air Con £18,540

Mazda MX-5 2.0i SE £18,785

Mazda MX-5 2.0i SE Air Con £19,335

Mazda MX-5 2.0i Sport Tech £21,135

Mazda MX-5 2.0i PowerShift £21,725

The Mazda MX-5 hard-top price list is as follows:

Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 1.8i SE £19,990

Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0i SE £20,785

Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0i Sport Tech £22,635

Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0i PowerShift £23,225

With Perrys Motors, however, these prices are much lower. For example, a brand new Mazda MX-5 2.0i Sport Tech has £4,500 off the list price at Perrys today in our special offers section. The high-spec model is available for just £18,495.

The same applies to other models, including £2,500 off a 1.8i SE model and £2,325 discounted from a Kendo special edition.

Just take a look at our Mazda MX-5 offers page to see more.

Roadsters and sports cars tend to have one major flaw – as soon as they are driven off the forecourt they shed value alarmingly.

Not so the Mazda MX-5, whose hard top version retains almost half of its value over three years or 60,000 miles – making it one of the best in the industry for residual values, according to vehicle pricing experts Glass’s.