2012 Mazda MX-5 | new car review

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 by

The is considered by many to be the only true on sale anywhere in the world. Even though the newly launched Toyota 86 threatens to unsettle the presence of the MX-5, for those who love it, there is simply no other.

It follows a simple recipe – front engine, rear-wheel drive, manual gearbox. There’s no hugely complex, heavy or powerful engine – it’s just a 166bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder. There’s no complicated dual-clutch automatic and manual gearbox hybrid – just a six-speed manual ‘box with one of the shortest and sweetest movements around (a six-speed automatic is also available).

The chassis and suspension don’t have a billion different settings available at the touch of a button or fancy sports or comfort modes – nope, it’s just a very nicely set up rear-drive chassis. Drivers of more exotic machinery could learn a lot about the art of car control by driving a MX-5 for a while.

Even the MX-5 majors on driving involvement, it doesn’t scrimp on any niceties. Top of the equipment list is a stonking Bose stereo complete with six CD autochanger and seven speakers dotted around the snug two-seater cabin. And even though the interior is rather short on outright space, there is enough room for two six-foot adults to sit comfortably – just about.

There’s even a reasonably sized boot, and unlike many small convertibles, the amount of space available isn’t affected by whether the roof is up or down. Instead of folding away into the boot as it does on something like a BMW Z4, the MX-5 plastic composite roof folds neatly into a space behind the seats. It’s quick to act too – it takes just 12 seconds to go from open top motoring to snug coupe or vice versa.

Specifications

Price: AED 125,000 – AED 130,000

Engine

2-litre inline-4
Max power:
170bhp
Max torque: 190Nm

Transmission

6-speed automatic
5-speed manual

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