2009 Mazda MX-5 | new car review

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 by

The MX-5 has been a firm enthusiast’s favourite for many years and a complete redesign in 2006 has continued the lines of its fine heritage, whilst still modernising the car nicely. This is a 2-seater in pretty much the purest of forms; not necessarily the fastest kid on the block, but it always guarantees an exciting drive that the competition still finds rather hard to beat.

The original design DNA is ever present even with the new look; Mazda would be mad to mess with the near-perfect recipe that has worked so well since the launch, namely; high-revving engine in the front, a light and tight chassis and the power going to the rear wheels. It all comes together to offer the lucky driver a very balanced and enthralling driving experience under a very reasonable price tag.

The newer MX-5 is a little bigger all over than the previous incarnation; it has gained a little weight, but that is mainly in the way of more creature comforts and extra safety. The body shape is a little more rounded than before and that’s in keeping with more modern design theories that prefer the rounded edge over the hard edge, however there is no mistaking this little pocket-rocket for anything other than the MX-5. This is the original benchmark, trend-setting car that never imitates, although many try, unsuccessfully, to imitate it.

2009 Mazda MX-5

Whilst the MX5 is all about the driving experience, Mazda had wisely added more than a decent dash of comfort and what I guess can be called practicality in a car that will ultimately carry only two people. The metal folding hardtop offers much better protection than a fabric version and also seals securely to keep that precious conditioned air locked inside the car. The two front seat passengers get a decent amount of legroom and whilst the seats are supportive and sporting, they won’t leave you in need of back surgery every time you drive for more than a few kilometres.

Other little luxuries within the MX-5 interior include a CD/MP3/radio stereo system with a six-disc changer and seven quality Bose speakers relaying the sound, electric windows, powered door mirrors, air-conditioning, power-assisted steering, a smart-card for keyless entry and vehicle ignition, as well as cruise control. In fact, as long as you don’t have to carry a family or large loads, there is no real reason why this MX-5 couldn’t be your daily driver… and what a fun daily driver it would be.

2009 Mazda MX-5

The little two-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine makes 166bhp and 190Nm of torque, and while this doesn’t sound like a huge amount, it is enough to turn in some pretty decent performance and a good splash of speed. But, ultimately the MX-5 isn’t about supercar-slaying performance, but it is about attacking your favorite bends with as much grip and gusto as something twice or three-times its price, such is the sublime chassis. It’s a very easy car to drive that literally anyone can enjoy and that has guaranteed its broad appeal for all these years and many more to come.



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Price Range (AED) 125,500


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