In the XXI century a lot of people think that, because don’t make cars “as before”. And that may be true, since with the advancement of technology we find vehicles too assisted and refined. Addresses that can move with a finger, suspensions that make or notice the bumps or habitat that does not reach or a noise; they are the tonic you are looking for many brands. But for the more purists there will always be exceptions, such as the Mazda MX-5 1.5 Skyactiv-G 131 HP.
The model that we test this week is without a doubt one of the roadster’s most successful of history, not to say the most. The legendary Miata is already by its fourth-generation (ND), and can be proud of having sold over a million units. If we want to go back to their origins we have that travel up to 1989, when it came to the market the first generation (NA). It was a vehicle that tried to follow the philosophy of the british sports 60, in particular the Lotus Elan.
The formula was clear: they wanted a sporty with a very limited weight, a small-engine and rear-wheel drive. sensations at the wheel many would overwhelm other aspects and should therefore have a low center of gravity, a direction to convey, and a suspension with a tare sports. In Mazda used japanese expression ‘Jinba Ittai’, for this connection between the driver and the car. Its original meaning refers to the union between horse and rider that had the ‘Yabusame’ (horse archers traditional).
The design has been one of the points has evolved in the Mazda MX-5. The current generation has little to do with the previous (NC) if we talk about its outward appearance. The design language KODO floods everything and gives a dynamism that is enviable, with a few lines that evoke movement. In the front stand out a few new headlights more narrow and that are Full LED series. The daytime running lights are below, but we will also have a small tear located at the inner end of the lighthouse.
The grill is large and is in a position quite low. The hood is elongated, because the driving position is in a position further back to improve weight distribution. After a windshield inclined is the soft top, an item that can only go in black and whose opening is manual. This choice is given by the weight savings and the simplicity of the system, which can be open and close in a couple of seconds. Sure that will convince the most purists and those who do not, have the MX-5 RF with a retractable hardtop.
The hood no place in the trunk, but in a separate compartment. Personally, I think the essence of this model is shown when it is descapotado. On the view side of our unit tests, we can see some wheels, 16-inch multi-link may seem like something small in the bulky wheel arches. This size will be the only option with the engine 1.5, while the mechanics more powerful will a 17-inch.
In the behind the spotlight will be on simplicity that will take us to previous generations. The pilots in the rear are of a size fairly small, with a circular portion and another elongated shape that extends toward the side. One of the details less explicable is the fixed antenna with a look quite old-fashioned. The bumper widens to the lower part, which overlooks the double exit of exhaust pipe. When it is removed, the hood must be noted that the arches of safety not desentonarán in the set thanks to its finish in black color.
In the small jar
Until you’re not in front of the Mazda MX-5 you do not get the idea of how small it is. In the pictures it may seem like something major, but what is certain is that their dimensions are in 3,91 meters long, 1.73 metres wide and only 1,22 meters high. The distance between axles is of 2,31 metres and, as you all know, this is a two-seater following the tradition. Here begin some of the drawbacks, though, to treat this model does not forget its sporty approach.
Because as you can imagine, the MX-5 is not going to highlight for habitability. We will have only two seats sporty cut that will stand out for a driving position very low. Will have to get used to get in and out of their small cabin that may be somewhat claustrophobic for the larger. In my case (with a height of little more than 1,70 meters) is correct in all dimensions, but there will be problems of height for those that prowl around the 1,85 metres. If it is so the head will touch with the top canvas.
Another of the failures that we have that can be attributed to the MX-5 is that its steering wheel cannot be adjusted – in-depth (yes in height), while the seats have an adjustment quite limited by space. We will not have just holes slides, and the glove box will not be in front of the passenger. It has provided a space between the two seats that is quite large, but is difficult to access. They are not the typical gaps of the doors and the armrest will be very small.
If you continue to talk about space, we have that move to the trunk. The access will be slightly complicated by its high position and by the location of the button that opens it (at the height of the tuition fee). Once we open it we see that it is like a chest with 130 litre capacity, enough for two suitcases in hand and little more. There is nothing outstanding and if we’re going to travel with him we will be very fair space, but for the day-to-day will be enough.
Leaving to one side the size of the passenger compartment of the Mazda MX-5 now we are going to analyze its components. Everything here revolves around the ‘pilot’. In front of the lower cockpit has a steering wheel circular with a diameter perfect and that goes lined in black leather with the red stitching. After him is a instrumentation simple and classic, with a large central dial for the revs. There is also space for an LCD screen that will show us the information of the on-board computer.
The rest of the dashboard is minimalistic. At the top of the center console sticks out the 7-inch touch screen of the multimedia system MZD Connect. In reality it is only touchscreen when the vehicle is stationary, if we are up we will have to resort to the controller HMI, which is behind the shift lever. Operation is very fast and intuitive, as in other models of the brand as the Mazda3 we tested recently.
below the display are the controls for the climate control, formed by three wheels nice touch. Below is one of the few gaps that we were talking about, where it will fit the cell phones, keys and little more. The shift lever will be one of the more prominent. Your position is optimal, goes lined in leather and has a reduced size. tours are very short and precise, perfect for the driving that looking for a vehicle like the Mazda MX-5.
finally, we will not have too many items to divert the attention from the road. In general we will have to say that the quality of this roadster is quite good. In the upper part of the doors we have a moldings, body-color that get a peculiar effect. In the rest of the cabin there will be hard plastic (well assembled and with a touch right), and other items that are upholstered like the seats. A detail differential the following are the integrated speakers in the headrest, which belong to the Bose sound system nine speakers.
1.5 Skyactiv-G 131 CV, a good option
The Mazda MX-5 is available with two mechanical gasoline in our country. The japanese brand continues to forgo the boost in their engines, and your bet for the roadster passes by atmospheric four-cylinder. The less powerful is the one that equips the unit that we tested, and is 1.5 Skyactiv-G 131 HP and 150 Nm of torque. Despite the half liter of displacement and the power contained will do the 0 to 100 km/h in 8,3 seconds and have a top speed of 204 km/h.
The other engine is the 2.0 Skyactiv-G 160 HP and 200 Nm of torque. In this case the performance improves slightly and manages to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7,3 seconds and a top speed of 214 km/h. In both cases, we will equip a gearbox six-speed manual, which interestingly has the same developments in both engines. As it could not be otherwise, the rear wheel drive puts the finishing touch to a set of the most interesting, as we will see below.
Many sensations at the wheel
Since we occupy the seat of the Mazda MX-5 the feelings begin to emerge and we realize that we are in a unique car. Everything has been provided to improve the driving experience and so we tried it. The engine 1.5 Skyactiv-G 131 HP it could seem the right thing to do, but in reality it is not. Keep in mind that we are behind the wheel of a vehicle that only weighs 1.050 kg. In addition it is a mechanical quite elastic and that pulls well from the bottom despite being atmospheric.
Rush each gear is a delight and our adrenaline goes up in the same way that the needle of the revolutions, which reaches nearly 7,000 turns. The tours are short and precise of-the-box manual us invite you to have a sport driving. Also what makes the sound of the exhaust, that’s pretty good in the middle area of the cuentarevoluciones, taking into account the mechanics that we carry.
soundproofing with the roof set is good, one aspect that has improved compared to previous generations. We can a have a conversation riding at legal speeds, although there is also to say that on long trips of highway above the 100 km/h the noise of the air will be somewhat monotonous. A negative aspect of the hood is that the rear visibility is very limited and also that the light hardly reaches the passenger compartment. Best descapotado whenever you can.
Another advantage of the size of the engine will be their consumption. Approvals 6,0 l/100km with the mechanics of 1.5 liters and the rim of 16 inches, while CO2 emissions are of 139 g/km There are to say that it is relatively easy to lower those numbers in a calm driving by motorway (we managed to get 5.5 l/100km in some way). The bad thing is that it is a car that invites you to step on the accelerator and this contributes to a worsening of the fuel consumption. Even so, we reached a average total of 6.9 litres that is not taking into account the enjoyment that we have obtained.
Lightness and balance
And all this with one of the chassis more balanced that we can find. Thanks to a strict diet, he has managed to reduce your weight 100 kg with respect to the previous generation. Help that is something more small, and also the use of high-strength steels and aluminium in its structure. It also has a weight distribution 50:50, the ideal, which has been achieved by delaying the engine and the passenger compartment (visible in the pictures). Add to that a very low centre of gravity.
These keys make your behavior is exemplary in almost all situations. The Mazda MX-5 highlighted by a agility outstanding and approximately reactions very direct. We again make reference to the ‘Jinba Ittai’ and the transmission of sensations at the wheel. Since we rode on it we will notice that there are hardly any swaying in your body, and that at all times we will control and know your limits.
a car Is quite rigid and with almost no concessions to comfort and that makes it tremendously effective. . Its cornering is fast and invites us to improve ourselves. Although we must not forget that we are aboard a rear-wheel-drive and we’ll have care in firm wet and low-grip situations. The address we will transmit much more of what you are accustomed to in the majority of current vehicles and will connect us to the perfection with the asphalt.
In the Mazda MX-5 we find a suspension front double wishbones and a multilink rear. The tare, like the rest of the car will be sporty and it is one of the key elements to to bring that effectiveness that we were talking about before. Will be a friend of the mountain roads and the stretches revirados but it will be worse with the speed humps and bumps that are always present in the urban areas.
The Mazda MX-5 is almost a endangered species. The current trend leads us to hire extremely comfortable but that hardly transmits sensations at the wheel. Opposite to what happens in this fourth generation of the Miata, which is positioned as an option interesting for the more purists. This is a bet on insurance, since this is a car that takes almost 30 years in the market and which has sold more than a million units.
Renewed on an aesthetic level very satisfactory, with the essential technology and quality in its cabin and a range of engines according to what we expect of him. Testing the 1.5 Skyactiv-G 131 HP we are confident that it will be enough for most mortals, since their behavior is enviable and their consumption really content. The only ‘but’ that we could get is in the subject of practicality, but in the end this type of cars are bought with the heart, and not the head.
Equipment of the Mazda MX-5
- Headlights Full LED
- LED daytime running Lights
- alloy Wheels of 16 inches
- multimedia System MZD Connect with 7 inch touchscreen
- 6 speakers
- Two connectors USB and AUX input
- starter Button
- Equipment Style
- alloy Wheels, Gun Metallic 16-inch (17-inch with engine 2.0)
- automatic Climate control
- heated Seats
- rain Sensor and lights
- interior Mirror with automatic-dimming
- exterior Mirrors in color-Piano Black
- System alert involuntary change lanes (LDWS)
- Equipment Style +
- alloy Wheels Bright Silver, 17-inch (only engine 2.0)
- sport-tuned Suspension Blinstein (only engine 2.0)
- limited-slip Differential (only engine 2.0)
- rear parking Sensors
- intelligent Access keyless
- Bose sound System with 9 speakers
- Control of lights of long reach (HAC)
Luxury Sport (only engine 2.0)
- Recaro Seats
- System of directional lighting (AFS)
- Control of dead angle (BSM)
- traffic Alert rear (RCTA)
Prices of the Mazda MX-5 in Spain
|1.5 Skyactiv-G 131 HP||Manual 6v||Style||25.000€|
|1.5 Skyactiv-G 131 HP||Manual 6v||Style +||26.600€|
|1.5 Skyactiv-G 131 HP||Manual 6v||Luxury||27.800€|
|2.0 Skyactiv-G 160 HP||Manual 6v||Style +||27.800€|
|2.0 Skyactiv-G 160 HP||Manual 6v||Luxury||29.000€|
|2.0 Skyactiv-G 160 HP||Manual 6v||Luxury Sport||30.600€|
the Opinion of the editor
- exterior Design improved and attractive
- Sensations at the wheel unbeatable
- Price quite content
- Not suitable for the highest
- rear Visibility reduced with hood
- Trunk small
Gallery of images of the Mazda MX-5