In 2014, the Mazda MX-5 entered its fourth generation. Reviewers were unanimous in their approval of this latest iteration, with even Top Gear declaring that it “is the best the MX-5 has been, perhaps ever.”

The MX-5 has been the recipient of many awards, including, in 2017, Roadster of the Year (Auto Express) and Most Popular Convertible (Honest John)

So, what makes the MX-5 a winner?

For one thing, it looks terrific. For a relatively inexpensive sports car, it’s very easy on the eye, fusing classic roadster good looks with a pleasingly contemporary form. It’s the epitome of a desirable two-door cabriolet – and one that’s never backwards in going forwards.

Even with an entry-level 1.5-litre 131bhp petrol engine installed, the MX-5 goes from 0-60mph in a shade more than eight seconds. Nevertheless, a key feature of this convertible is its efficiency. A lightweight, aerodynamic body plays its part here, as do minimum-size 16-inch alloy wheels. Consequently, the car returns as much as 47.1mpg and produces CO2 emissions as low as 139g/km.

Even greater performance levels are provided by a 2.0-litre unit, which delivers 0-60mph in approximately seven seconds and a top speed of 133mph.

This two-seater is the perfect road car for trips with a loved one or best friend, and when the sun is set fair, there’s nothing better than cruising with the roof folded down. When the canopy needs to be in place, air-conditioning and power-operated windows help to regulate the cabin temperature, and a minimum-four-speaker stereo provides plenty of audio entertainment options. 

The MX-5 is a safe as it is fast, with Electronic Stability Control, Hill-hold Assist, front and side airbags and seatbelt reminders among its range of protective features.