All-New 2015 Mazda MX-5 Review

August 31, 2015

Mazda’s All-New MX-5 Is Here

August has sent roadster enthusiasts into an emotional breakdown with the release of Mazda’s fourth-generation, all-new MX-5. With it’s ground-breaking design winning fans over worldwide.

If you have ever dreamt of driving with the roof off and the wind in your hair, There’s never been a better time to make that a reality.

Priced for fun, Mazda’s newest edition to the roadster revolution is the best-value MX-5 ever! In comparison to the 1989 first generation model and considering inflation, and extensive range of modern features and technology. This car is designed to reach new interest of the younger generations.

In 1989, Mazda approached the roadster with intentions to create a timeless, open-top ride that connected the driver with the experience. More than 25 years later and they are still holding strong to their philosophy.

MX-5 Award Winning Kodo Design

Mazda’s signature Kodo design philosophy shines through with gen-4. With every element carefully crafted to make the driver feel at one with the car.

When Mazda updated the MX-5 to meet their current line of Kodo designed products, they nailed it. Offering what I think is the best looking roadster of all time.

Every inch is perfectly crafted to offer a sleek new look, with a flawless fit and finish.

Introducing a touch of exterior to the cabin and continuing to the trim looks sleek and makes you feel at one with the car.

Mazdas perfection was made public at the 2015 Red Dot design award, when the fourth-generation iconic roadster won the ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best’ award, the contests highest distinction.

Mazda MX-5 Kodo Design

Mazda Features and Tech extend To The All-New MX-5

If you know Mazda, you know their technology has reached a whole new level in the past years. Offering the best and most user friendly gadgets around.

These features carry into the new MX-5 making it the most technically advanced roadster available.

The GT edition features the full MZD Connect system which offers more interactive phone connectivity with hands free, making your contacts and other data available to view. Radio and phone audio streaming is quick and easy to control with options of using the touch screen, multi-function control centre, steering mounted controls or voice commands.

Advanced system settings and driving data are only a touch away. While Mazda offer one of the best satellite navigation systems on the market.

With audio quality an obvious obstacle in convertibles, Mazda have mastered it again. Offering a crisp 6 speaker sound system in the Roadster, but taking things to a whole new level in the GT. Now both music and handsfree are crystal clear with a 9 speaker premium Bose sound system including headrest mounted speakers for perfect audio, even with the roof down.

The new MX-5 offers a wide range of modern features such as LED lamps across all models, power mirrors, cruise control, bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, advanced keyless push-button engine start. Also including your expected SRS airbags, emergency stop signaling, hill launch assist, tyre pressure monitoring system and limited slip differential (MT only).

Stepping up to the luxurious GT offers additional auto on/off headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, leather seats (black or tan), seat heating function, auto-dimming rear view mirror, climate control, MZD connect, advanced keyless entry.

And before you go getting confused how to pop the boot. There is a little push button at the rear of the car, under the lip just above the number plate.

Under The Hood – Meet SKYACTIV Technology

While the MX-5 is reputable for its perfection in handling and sporty ride, it has never been the fastest car on the track. Gen-4 brings the introduction of Mazda’s award winning SKYACTIV technology to the racetrack, changing the future of racing.

The roadster currently comes in the version of a 1.5 litre inline 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC S-VT petrol (SKYACTIV-G) engine, with plans for a 2.0 litre release late 2015.

After a weight reduction of up to 100kg and some advanced engineering, Mazdas MX-5 offers a zippy 96 kw of power @ 7,000 rpm with a max torque of 150 Nm @ 4,800 rpm. This sporty edge has an expected fuel consumption (combined) of only 6.1 L/100km (manual) or 6.4 L/ 100km (auto) as recommended. And comes in 6-speed manual (SKYACTIV-MT) or 6-speed auto.

Late 2015 will see the release of the 2.0 litre inline 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC S-VT petrol (SKYACTIV-G) engine, producing a massive 118 kw @ 6,000 rpm and a max torque of 200 Nm @ 4,600 rpm.

Final Words

Over all the All-New Mazda MX-5 is a fantastic little sports car offering award winning performance, economy and possibly the best visual design to date. The new roadster will definitely meet the level of the younger generations and I’m looking for too seeing more of these zipping around the streets.

Jade Taylor

Jade Taylor

Mazda specialist and past sales consultant. Owner, enthusiast, and lover of all things Mazda and tech.
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