2019 Mazda MX-5 prices 02 | 08 | 2018

    MAZDA’S UPDATED MX-5 will start at £18,995, the same price tag as the pre-facelift version, when it goes on-sale at Scottish dealerships on September 1. The changes will apply to both the standard MX-5 and MX-5 RF. (Related: Roadtest — Mazda MX-5)

    The car also gets a 15% increase in power, with the more powerful 2.0-litre SkyActiv engine now delivering 181bhp, up from the current 158bhp.

    And while the exhaust note has been more finely tuned, there’s greater performance from the MX-5 thanks to tweaked accelerator response, improved combustion and a higher redline of 7500rpm, up from 6800rpm. Torque will also increase by around 4lb/ft to 151lb/ft. (Related: Roadtest — Mazda MX-5 RF)

    On the convertible, 0-62mph performance improves by 0.8 of a second to 6.5seconds, while manual and automatic RF models see a 0.6 and 0.5 second increase, respectively.

    The 1.5-litre SkyActiv engine benefits from improved combustion and reduced internal friction and gets a slight power increase to 130bhp and a moderate torque improvement to 152Nm.


    The introduction of the new WLTP testing means CO2 figures for the MX-5 have changed. The 2.0-litre car now emits 5g/km less CO2 with a manual gearbox (156g/km), and 10g/km less when fitted with an automatic (157g/km). But there’s a 4g/km CO2 increase to the convertible's 1.5-litre engine, and 1g/km CO2 added to the 1.5-litre RF variant (both 143g/km).

    Starting from £18,995, the MX-5 convertible is offered in SE+, SE-L Nav+, Sport Nav+ and new GT Sport Nav+ trim; from £22,595 the RF is available in SE-L Nav+, Sport Nav+, and GT Sport Nav+, with the higher two trims available with an automatic gearbox.


    Standard safety equipment has increased with Sport Nav+ cars and above now featuring Front Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, Rear Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Attention Alert, while Blind Spot Monitoring System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive LED headlights and a reversing camera are standard on GT Sport Nav+ and optional as a safety pack on Sport Nav+.

    A brown roof will also be available, while the wheels will be finished in darker paint.

    “When it comes to driver engagement, the current generation MX-5 has already established itself as a benchmark sports car,” Jeremy Thomson, Mazda UK managing director, said. “So with extra power, improved performance, more revs to enjoy and a sweeter exhaust note, the 2019 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G MX-5 will be more exciting and satisfying to drive than ever before."

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    Jim McGill


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