The current-generation Mazda MX-5 is as light as possible – without compromising safety, ensuring that it delivers a winning blend of pace and efficiency.

The car comes in SE, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav trim levels, and Convertible and RF variants. It is installed with a 1.5-litre 129bhp engine as standard, which is paired with six-speed manual transmission. This allows the MX-5 to proceed from 0-60mph in approximately eight seconds and achieve a top speed of 127mph. Nevertheless, the car manages up to 47.1mpg and CO2emissions from 139g/km.

Optimal power is provided by a 2.0-litre 158bhp unit, which delivers 0-60mph in a little more than seven seconds and a maximum speed of 133mph.

The MX-5 comes very well-equipped as standard. For instance, keyless entry provides the owner with easy access to the vehicle. Power-operated windows and air-conditioning make it simple to control the cabin temperature – very useful when the roof is in place.

A minimum-four-speaker audio system is installed, complete with CD player and FM/AM radio, and USB and AUX inputs. The SE-L Nav and Sport Nav trims add two more speakers, DAB radio, a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation. The car’s leather-clad steering wheel features multifunction controls, making multimedia operation very straightforward.

The MX-5 is as safe as it is swift. For example, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System are included, which optimise grip and ensure that skidding is kept to an absolute minimum. Hill-hold Assist features as standard too, preventing the car from rolling when the engine is started on a slope. As well as seatbelt pre-tensioners and force-limiters, travellers are provided with protective features such as safety belt reminders and front and side airbags.