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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Mazda MX-5 safety levels aren't as high as most modern cars since much of the body and chassis haven't changed much since 1989. New on this model are side airbags to complement the driver and passenger airbags fitted previously.

A traction and stability control system fitted to 2.0-litre models curtails any unruly loss of control should you encounter slippery roads. It also has an Isofix child-seat anchor point on the passenger seat and the airbag can be disabled.

Roll-over protection is provided by the reinforced windscreen surround and rear roll hoops while an immobiliser with a key-based transponder and alarm provides the theft deterrent.

The MX-5 scored four stars in the pre-2009 Euro NCAP crash tests, which are less stringent than modern tests.

There are numerous little stowage compartments in the cabin, and four drinks holders, but the boot is small (although it's eight litres larger than previously) so Mazda MX-5 practicality can't be described as brilliant.

However, it will cope with a weekends worth of bags while a luggage rack can be added too. The RC model has a roof that folds in 12 seconds once you release a central lever and hit the button.

Otherwise the fabric hood has to folded manually, but this is a straightforward and quick process.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda MX-5 (05-15).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

20th Anniversary equipment

20th Anniversary standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
20th Anniversary optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

25th Anniversary Limited Edition equipment

25th Anniversary Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
25th Anniversary Limited Edition optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger

Icon equipment

Icon standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
Icon optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Kendo equipment

Kendo standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Traction control
Kendo optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels

Kuro equipment

Kuro standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Traction control
Kuro optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels

Launch Edition equipment

Launch Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
Launch Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Miyako equipment

Miyako standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Traction control
Miyako optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels

Niseko equipment

Niseko standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Traction control
Niseko optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Traction control
SE optional equipment
  • Side airbags

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows

Sport Black equipment

Sport Black standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
Sport Black optional equipment
  • CD
  • Rear electric windows

Sport Graphite equipment

Sport Graphite standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
Sport Graphite optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steel wheels

Sport Tech equipment

Sport Tech standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
Sport Tech optional equipment
  • CD

Sport Venture Edition equipment

Sport Venture Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Sport Venture Edition optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels

Venture Edition equipment

Venture Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Venture Edition optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels

ZSport equipment

ZSport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
ZSport optional equipment
None available