Auto Express's performance ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
56-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

The MX-5 handles brilliantly; it is easy and great fun to drive. Its not particularly fast in a straight car but then thats no what its about. Surprisingly practical for a sports car, the weekly shop fits in the boot easily and there are lots of cubbyholes inside. Generally excellent build quality (no leaks from the roof etc and everything works perfectly) but a few squeaks and rattles are appearing and the interior is starting to look a little tired. Overall I'm extremely happy with the car.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Reliable but interior not of particularly high quality with fading of leather & plastics due to exposure to sunlight. There are also annoying rattles that cannot be permanently fixed. The drive/handling are very good but it feels underpowered & the engine has to be worked hard if you want brisk performance. Service costs have, so far, been very reasonable.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Fantastic car to look at and to drive. Nothing beats the wind in your hair thrill of an MX-5 and with low running costs it simply cannot be beaten in its class.

It may not be the fastest car about but it is fun to drive. The only downside is that only one other person can experience it at once!

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

These are seriously well built..nothing much needed maintainance wise, just usual consumables and good service intervals. You have to be mindful that it is a two seater soft top..it still produces better mpg than my previous car ( new model 1.6 astra) and wipes it in performance too.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Has required a new front impact sensor and rear brake light in last year. paint on wheels is peeling and I'll make a further warranty claim for this early 2013. Services are cheap as I get owner's club discount. fuel consumption isn't great, but acceptable given performance.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brilliant package. The solid electric roof makes what would otherwise be a fair-weather car an all-year-round option.
A dream to drive on country roads, excellent performance, balance and handling.
Exactly what the Lotus Elan should have been all those year ago.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

It starts first time, it is comfortable, it feels safe and it is a joy to drive. This is a performance car nad is driven in less than ideal conditions, given the state of our raods and the lack of long journeys, so I am delighted with its present running costs.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

It's never failed to start, as yet nothing has malfunctioned or had to be replaced. Fuel economy is reasonably good for a performance vehicle. it fluctuates by about 5 mpg each way depending on driving style, traffic and running the heater.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

So far has required new rear discs, front left brake caliper and left main speaker has stopped working. disappointing given the low mileage and careful use. Not very econmical. cost of front caliper from main dealer part only circa ł360.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never failed to start even when hasn't been used for a week or two. no breakdowns. no teething troubles during first year. I have no idea what it costs me per annum but can't be too high or I would have noticed. car tax could be lower!

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No attention required other than routine checks and servicing. Yet to buy any other items apart from routine service parts, but these are much dearer at main dealers rather than a say mx5 parts a mx-5 only after market supplier.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The car always starts first time, it handles well gives good value for money. Fuel costs are great, being a nippy two seater with looks, suits me.recently had new front brake discs and pads fitted,didnt break the bank.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

As this is my 3rd mx5 I think it speaks volumes about my trust in the brand. I wouldn't have bought an mx5 if I was worried about running costs as, I would have bought a diesel car if that was one of my top priorities.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good car shame the brake disks corode as soon as they are made and that neither the manufacturer or main dealer care or will do anything. (5 years old and 5th set of front disks and third set of rears for corrosion)

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol

Just works well on local and long 2000 mile continental drives including mountains etc. Rear tyres need replacing more or less at 25000 miles. silly change of brake fluid at 24000, mazda reccommended.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

The MK1 MX5 is a superb car, although under powered the handling and lightness make up for this. Every time you get into the MX5 it puts a smile on your face especially when the roof is down.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

I have been driving since 1982, I have had both new and old cars but this is the first car I have owned that is a joy to drive simply for its performance and road handling.
Thank you Mazda.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I expect to pay more for a sports car. if it were a family car I would want to keep the costs down but I drive this for fun motoring.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent, but had an issue with the handbrake and took 6 weeks to resolve so lost a point purely on that. Nil apart from servicing.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Had no problen since purchase. As this car is less than 1 year old I havent neweded any spare parts etc apart from putting fuel in.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
R-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Love it!
Superb handling, fun to drive, adequate power for normal UK roads.
At 6foot 3 I wouldn't mind it being about 10% bigger!

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Thecar has performed very well since the start and there have been no issues. Average weekly fill cost is between ł20-ł30.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

So far so good! As it is still less than 2yrs old, I have yet to experience much in the way of repair costs. time will tell!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Apart from a bit of trim buzzing, this car is brilliant..I actually enjoy driving to work everyday as its so much fun.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Excellent, no problems at all, so far. Servicing expensive. tyre and brake wear good. would ideally like more mpg.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

excellent.

Accept for the one occasion that the startermotor became jammed the car has performed beautifully.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
1998-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Bad point - electricity. It's fine. I really don't have to spend all of my money for petrol or parts..:-))).

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Hasnt put a foot wrong. Apart from petrol and routine servicing/ tax / ins it hasnt cost an extra penny.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No issues to date. No outlay except for new set of tyres, ł400 for the 4, which seems reasonable.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Great little sports coupe with excellent handling, but could benefit from a little more power.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

I have had no problems with it at all. Fairly low overrall mpg, but it is a performance car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No issues since purchase, passed mot no advisory notices. As expected for a sports car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Hardly been used but its a mazda so knew it would be. Nothing gone wrong with the car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

This is my 4th mazda mx5 and I have been very satisfied with them all. Prices fair.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Some problems with under-used brakes corroding. Fairly thirsty, but as expected.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

It is fantastic and although I am 66 years old I feel like 18 when I drive it!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Value for money, reasonable running costs,good performance and
fun to drive.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great car, very satisfied, but hasn't got the performance I was hoping for.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only used during good weather, this it is a second car so very low milage.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Fuel consuption relatively heavy for a small car with only 160 bhp.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No trouble so far. I would like to get more miles to the gallon.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Perfect. Fuel could be better, but is as per the specification.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fantastic Handling, good mechanics, idea, low cost sports car

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Excellent carvalue for money. Some parts are a tad pricy.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Too new to tell, so far so good. Again too new to tell.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Really good. Car is still too new to tell about parts.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never been to main dealer outside service schedule

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

does everything and more than ever anticipated!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I love it. This is the fourth one I have owned

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Well tested car. Very good for a sports car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nothing has ever gone wrong with it.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very good. High road fund licence.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Very good. Fuel consumtion poor.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

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Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brings a smile to my face!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brings a smile to my face!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Everything works properly

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent. Very good.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Superb sports car

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
05-reg , Owner for Less than a year

I just LOVE it!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Perfect,!!!! .

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never faltered

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very rely able

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
1998-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Always starts

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 3/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Great fun!!!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

fun fun fun

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Fantastic!

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Brilliant.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brilliant

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

I love it

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
X-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Brilliant

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Fantastic

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Great!!!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Awesome

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Ace!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Fun

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5