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Mazda MX-5 gives the best PS per pound (don’t tell the ASA)

Mazda MX-5


Price: £27,165

Engines: 2.0-litre petrol, 161PS

Performance: 0-62mph 7.4secs, top speed 134mph

Transmission: 6sp manual

Fuel effiiciency: 40.9mpg

Emissions: 161g/km CO2


Speed and power are two things that put the Advertising Standards Authority in a tizzy whenever it has to judge complaints about car commercials.

This must give carmakers a headache when it comes to ensuring their sports cars grab the attention of the UK’s petrolhead community. Of course, a plethora of motoring magazines and websites do their best to give these halo models a good going over, but as sports cars need to be, well, sporty, we felt it was time to see how our long-term MX-5 RF compares with other new roadsters on paper.

The evidence shows our car is the third slowest to 62mph, and despite having the joint-largest engine (many rivals use smaller, turbocharged units) it has the third-lowest power output. But the MX-5 combines sportiness with value better than any of its peer group – buyers seeking stats for their pub banter will be delighted it delivers 6.16PS power output per £1,000 spent, which is better even than premium rivals. Even the more closely priced Fiat and Abarth 124, which share much of the MX-5’s underpinnings, cannot match it.

It’s easy to understand why the MX-5 remains the world’s best-selling sports car.


Car PS Engine 0-62mph List price PS per £1,000
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Sport Nav 160 2.0 7.3 secs £25,995 6.16
Abarth 124 Spider 170 1.4 6.8 secs £29,620 5.74
Alfa Romeo 4C 1750 Spider 240 1.7 4.5 secs £59,820 4.01
Audi TT 1.8TFSI Roadster Sport 180 1.8 7.2 secs £30,250 5.95
Fiat 124 Spider 140 1.4 7.5 secs £23,800 5.88
Jaguar F-Type Convertible 300 2.0 5.7 secs £55,385 5.42
Mercedes-Benz SLC180 AMG Line 156 1.6 7.9 secs £32,039 4.87

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