Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 is the world's best-selling roadster, and has been offering value-packed, entertaining driving since it was first launched in 1989. There are 1.8-litre or 2.0-litre engines to choose from, and you can opt for a canvas roof, or a folding hard top – which offers better protection from the elements. Both engines need to be worked hard to extract their performance, but that's part of the fun. The five and six-speed manual gearboxes are very precise. Handling is superb, making the car exciting to drive. The Mazda MX-5 is a strict two-seater, but has a good-sized boot. Equipment levels are OK on the entry-level cars, but you pay extra for air-conditioning. The 2.0-litre car is very well equipped.

Mazda MX-5 roadster

£18,495 - £23,695
2 Doors
4.2 / 5
  • Super reliable
  • Loads of fun
  • Relatively affordable to run
  • Cramped interior
  • Very small boot
  • A bit dated