2019 MX5 – More Power, More Pleasure!

Mazda is launching an update of its bestselling roadster, refining the joy of open-top motoring and enhancing the inimitable thrill of the Jinba Ittai driving experience. Both soft-top and RF versions of Mazda’s brand icon feature marked improvements in dynamic performance, an upgrade to Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies, and refinements to design and packaging, making the world’s favorite roadster more exciting and satisfying to drive than ever before.

  • Updated 1.5 and 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engines1 with improved combustion and greater torque. Both powertrains benefit from refined acceleration control to minimise lag between throttle applications and vehicle response.
  • SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine now higher-revving and acoustically tuned, with maximum engine speed raised from 6,800 to 7,500 rpm, maximum horsepower increased from 160 to 184 PS @ 7,000 rpm, and maximum torque from 200 to 205 Nm @ 4,000 rpm.
  • Five new i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies: Advanced Smart City Brake Support which detects vehicles and pedestrians ahead and helps avoid collisions, and Smart City Brake Support (Reverse) which detects vehicles and obstacles behind, as well as Driver Attention Alert, a Traffic Sign Recognition System and a Rear View Camera.
  • The award-winning KODO-Soul of Motion design is enriched through a darker paint finish for both 16″ and 17″ alloy wheels, and the availability of a new brown canopy colour for soft-top models.

The 2019 Mazda MX5 goes on sale throughout Europe from August 2018 onwards.

New MX5 Parts Brochure

Click the cover to view or download the 2018 MX5 Parts Catalogue.

MX5 Track Battle – Which Engine?

The new Mazda MX5 is a great little car, but which model should you choose? Steve Sutcliffe puts the 1.5 iitre and 2.0 litre models up against each other.

Driving The New RF

Piston Heads take the new hardtop over the moors.

New Arctic Limited Edition

Mazda has resurrected an old special edition version of  our favourite sports car, which will be limited to just 400 examples in the UK when it goes on sale in February 2017. Called the MX5 Arctic, the car revisits a special edition version of the second generation MX5 released in 2005. Like that car it offers additional equipment and exclusive design tweaks.

It’s based on the 1.5-litre, 129bhp SE-L Nav model, meaning 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 127mph. Each car is finished in Blue Reflex metallic paint, and wears contrasting silver detailing – the 16-inch alloy wheels, windscreen surround, wing mirrors and headrest hoops are all finished silver to look crisp and icy. In the cabin, the Arctic package does more of the same. The cup holder rings are finished in silver, while the car also gains chromed scuff plates.

Additional equipment is thrown in as expected. It gets heated leather seats, automatic headlamps, rain sensing windscreen wipers plus rear parking sensors. These extras are lumped on top of the standard equipment you’ll get on the SE-L Nav model it’s based on, including a seven-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with built in satellite navigation, cruise control, climate control plus a start-stop button.

The MX5 Arctic will be priced from £20,995 – slightly more than the price of the car it’s based on, but the additional equipment more than makes up the price. I had a good look at the Arctic LE yesterday and it is very pretty, unfortunately it is not available with the 2 litre engine. The new MX5 looks much better in lighter colours, Mazda should listen to their customers and move away from their drab palate.


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