Orig­i­nal is still the best

A mod­ern clas­sic, Mazda’s road­ster re­mains an un­fail­ing de­light

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test - PAUL POTTINGER Paul.pottinger@cars­guide.com.au

A SHINY-scalped, mid­dleaged bloke biffs through the traf­fic in a roof-down road­ster. Not a good look, is it? And I should know.

Pity, be­cause at a time when some states seem poised to levy fines and de­merit points for so as much men­tion­ing ‘‘ fun’’ in the same sen­tence as

‘‘ driv­ing’’, the MX-5 re­mains an unadul­ter­ated dose of jol­lies.

If it’s be­come eas­ily the world’s most pop­u­lar road­ster largely be­cause of its af­ford­abil­ity, this peren­nial Mazda is also a dy­namic clas­sic and an al­most unique ex­pe­ri­ence among new cars.

If you’ve the least drop of petrol in your veins, you must drive one at least once.


Noth­ing to touch it at this price. The al­ter­na­tives we sug­gest aren’t en­tirely com­pa­ra­ble ex­cept in­so­far as they can get their tops off.

The base soft-roof Tour­ing, which re­ally is all the MX-5 you need, starts at $42,460. The Road­ster Coupe range with its foldaway hard-top of light­weight com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als be­gins at $47,200.

Our lim­ited edi­tion gets nice sil­ver paint (me­tal­lic blue or

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