The go-to roadster for over a two decades now, the MX-5 is still hard to beat in the performance and affordability stakes
Price: £21,995Engine: 2.0-litre 4cylPower: 158bhpTorque: 200Nm0-62mph: 7.3 secondsTop speed: 133mph
The latest Mazda MX-5 has lost none of the driver’s appeal that its predecessors had. With a near perfect handling balance and just enough power to raise a smile, this front-engined, rear-drive two-seater offers pure, unadulterated fun.
The extra performance, equipment and value that the 2.0-litre version brings makes it worth stepping up from the 1.5-litre. With the larger capacity providing the responsiveness to make the most of the chassis, helping create a package that few manufacturers have tried to match, let alone beat. Also, if you go for the RF version with the folding metal hard top it's as comfortable and refined as a coupe.