Mazda MX-5 Review
Made in Japan, Mazda MX-5 rightly follows the legacy of its predecessors; it is a car that carries some striking looks, comfortable interiors, high fuel economy, and great performance. Designed to provide a pure driving pleasure, it is integrated with Mazda's Kodo design language that apart from giving this two-door convertible soft top coupe stunning looks, also adds to its efficiency through great aerodynamic factors.
What's new is the most often asked question during a new car’s launch. Well, Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology rightly answers this question. The MX-5 is dubbed with Mazda's next-generation technology that apart from providing excellent performance reflects great safety and environmental concern.
Motivating this sport coupe is a 2.0-litre SKYACTIV gasoline engine that comes with an in-line 4-cylinder DOHC and 16-valve. This power mill is capable of generating 160 PS @ 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm @ 4,600 rpm, and also displays an efficient fuel economy of 6.9-litre per 100 km. This car is a pure bliss for speed enthusiast as it can go from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.3 seconds.
Inside the cabin area MX-5 is all set to provide a driving experience that you will never forget, with its rich material covering the interior spaces to its 7-inch infotainment system, the car is designed to pamper the commuters to the fullest. Push start/stop button, keyless entry, Bluetooth hands free system, and more are placed to make your ride a delightful experience.
Passengers’ safety and security is the top most priority, hence, Mazda MX-5 comes with an array of safety features, like four-wheel anti-lock braking system with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) system, dynamic stability control, and dual front airbags. Security front is also taken full care with the features like immobilizer, burglar alarm, smart keyless entry and rear parking sensors. No matter where you go, you will feel secure inside this little coupe.
Mileage and Fuel economy
Mazda MX-5 delivers exceptionally good fuel economy, making this little two-seater coupe considerably cheaper to buy. Its fuel consumption figure reads as 6.9-litre per 100 km, putting it at par with its ongoing competitors. Built on a SKYACTIV platform, MX-5 has undergone 8% body weight reduction to further boost this coupe's fuel economy.
Under its newly crafted hood, MX-5 is powered by a 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine. This SKYACTIV power mill hails from a Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition engine family, thus, delivers an efficient performance by creating an ideal combustion environment. With a displacement of 1,998 cc, this mill is efficient enough to generate maximum power of 160 PS @ 6,000 rpm along with a maximum torque of 200 Nm @ 4,600 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
Mazda’s alleged addition to the sport coupe segment is mainly constructed for the high speed lovers, who wish to drive a car that is packed with best-in-class look and performance. Mazda MX-5 can achieve the 100 kmph mark from a standstill position in 7.3 seconds. Designed for speed cravers, this car can attain a top speed of 214 kmph.
Go all out. Exterior is one of the true UPS areas of this sport coupe, exhibiting some top-class design language. From its front fascia to side profile continuing to its rear end, entire car is dipped in style and creativity. First thing first, the front fascia carries angular LED headlights that are topped with a curvaceous character line, moving to the lower end, it showcases Mazda’s standard smiling grille. Adding to its aggressive looks are pulled out contour lines on its bumper and scooped out air vents that lie in line to the grille. On to its smooth side, it holds body colored door handles, and prominent wheel arches. Its rear profile is a true piece of beauty, hence making it a major head turner. It is embossed with circular shaped taillights, a third break light on its over-sized bumper, chrome finished twin exhaust pipe, and a tall standing antenna adds to the coupe's exterior look.
This cute little coup carries some noticeable dimension figures, making it road presence more projecting. Mazda MX-5 dimension chart reads a length of 3,915 mm, width of 1,735 mm and height of 1,230 mm. Its wheelbase measures 2,310 m long, making its interior more relaxing.
Much like its exterior, the interior continuous to follow a design language that is to die for. There is ample amount of space for the passenger and driver inside the car. The car is further packed with a whole lot of features that apart that from helping the driver, takes care of co-passenger’s need. Entire cabin area is nicely done in two-tone colour theme, making it look a lot more inviting. The dashboard is embossed with a number of utility features, and all seems to inspire from circular shape. Like circular air-con vents, instrument panel and knobs on center console. The leather wrapped three-spooked steering wheel rightly complements its leather covered seats, trim upholstery, gear shift, and hand break. A little piece of information for those who are planning to buy a manual transmission variant is that in spite of leather, the fabric wrapped seats will be offered by Mazda.
Comfort is highly taken care of by a number of features that not only take care of driver’s need but also co-passenger entertainment. For driver’s comfort, the car is equipped with utility buttons that are housed on the steering wheel, plus the extra-large instrument panel makes the reading more convenient. Further, Mazda's in-car connectivity system, Human Machine Interface (HMI) comes with a 7-inch LCD touchscreen display and is carries functions like USB, Bluetooth, Aux-in, and 12V power supply. Push start/stop button and one-touch power windows (rear and passenger) with central locking also forms the part of the entire package. A Bluetooth hands-free system comes standard in both the variant, keeping you connected with your loved ones.
One area where the buyers are expected to suffer a downfall is its smaller and less usable boot space. In order to reduce vehicle’s weight, its dimensions were reduced, thus given the car lesser storage capacity of 144-litre.
Engine and Performance
Mazda MX-5 is powered by a 2.0-litre in-line four cylinder DOHC, 16-valve engine. This power mill is an effort to develop an ideal engine configuration that apart of being efficient, showcases a direct injection fuel system. This power mill has a capacity to produce a maximum power of 160 PS @ 6,000 along with a peak torque of 200 Nm @ 4,600 rpm. The all-new MX-5 comes with a SKYAVTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic and manual transmission.
Stereo and Accessories
MX-5 is loaded with best-in-class information system that delivers a never ending fun to its riders. The Human Machine Interface (HMI) aims to make your ride simpler and hassle free and displays functions like single CD and MP3 unit, AUX-in unit, 12V power supply, USB port and Bluetooth function. The 7-inch LCD touch-screen display featured on its dashboard forms one of the major part the overall audio system. Music will come out of a nine-speaker BOSE sound system and six-speakers in automatic and manual transmission variants respectively. Also, DVD system will accompany the SKYAVTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic transmission, further enhancing your experience.
Wheels form major part of a car performance, they not only give your car a strong grip over the road but also gives you a stable ride. Thus, wheels and tire size form an important component of the overall package. The coupe runs on 17'' x 7.0J gun metallic sprayed aluminum alloy wheels that are wrapped around with 205/45 R17 tires.
Braking and Handling
Both braking and handling form an important part that not only ensures vehicle’s safety but also allows it to give better performance. It is integrated with ventilated discs and solid disc brakes at the front and rear side respectively. Suspension system works to make your ride smooth and jerk free and so MX -5 is fitted with Double Wishbone suspension at the front and an Independent Multi-link suspension on the rear side.
Safety and Security
Mazda knows that each time you travel, you carry your world with you and so it integrates top-class safety kit in its cars. Same is the case with this sports coupe that comes accompanied with an array of safety features like four-wheel anti-lock braking system with EDB (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) system, dynamic stability control, and dual front airbags. Apart from safety, security is also taken full care of with immobilizer, burglar alarm, smart keyless entry and rear parking sensors.
Reading the above specs gives one a complete idea of the level of safety and security standards followed by Mazda
- Safety and security are not an issue
- Low weight and CO2 emission
- Good fuel economy and low maintenance cost
- Near to useless boot space
- Some low quality interior material