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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 34 - 40 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

The Mazda MX-5 running costs aren't too bad at all, even if it appears to be a hedonistic choice at first glance. Insurance groups are quite low and fuel consumption of 39mpg (improved to 40mpg in April 2009) and 37mpg for the 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines respectively is impressive.

Better still, residual values are likely to improve over the already impressive previous model thanks to initiatives like the digital service record which prevents falsification of service history along with perceived quality improvements.

The MX-5 is not particularly environmentally friendly but with an average of 184g/km CO2 across the model line-up, Mazda MX-5 emissions are quite low for a sports convertible. Economy isn't bad, averaging around 38mpg.

If you're concerned about Mazda MX-5 reliability, don't be. If you're looking for a safe bet, this is it. The previous models have been exceptionally reliable, usually giving over a decade of trouble free motoring. The digital service record ought to ensure that correct servicing is carried out.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £240 - £305
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Insurance group 21 - 28
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