Key Features: Exterior
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Colours and options

The Mazda MX-5 is available in a choice of seven colours – Artic White Solid, Eternal Blue Mica, Ceramic Metallic, Snowflake White Pearlescent, Jet Black Mica, Machine Grey Metallic and Soul Red Crystal Metallic. Mica, Metallic and Pearlescent paint costs £550, while Mazda’s signature Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint is £790 with Machine Grey Metallic £670. Available on 184ps Sport Nav+ models, the £800 Safety Pack includes Adaptive LED Headlights, Reversing Camera and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Proportions

Shorter, lower and wider than the Mk3 MX-5, with the smallest overhangs and lowest centre of gravity yet, the current Mazda MX-5 is the most compact MX-5 ever produced. With the driver seated lower and further back in the cabin, visibility is excellent across the long tapering bonnet.With the A-Pillars swept back and the side panels free from any unnecessary lines, the pure and simple roadster proportions of the MX-5 are clear to see. Even compared against the diminutive Mk1 original, the Mazda MX-5 is 55mm shorter and 10mm lower.

Boot and roof

Effortless to fold, the Mazda MX-5’s fabric hood is a triumph of simplicity and style. In line with Mazda’s ‘gram-strategy’ the cloth hood of the latest car is 3kg lighter than the third-generation car. Even better, while closing the top of the previous model required a maximum of 90Nm of force, the latest MX-5’s hood requires just 50Nm of force – meaning it’s even easier to reach behind you and close the roof with one-hand. The MX-5 has a 130-litre boot that has been designed for improved usability – while the outgoing car could only carry one airline sized carry-on suitcase, with a 35mm longer and 36mm deeper boot, the new car can carry two. Plus, unlike the previous generation, there’s also an external boot release button.

Styling

Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy gives the MX-5 a more aggressive, yet simple look, that retains classic roadster proportions at the same time as reflecting the MX-5’s focus on agility, lightness and driving pleasure in an unmistakably contemporary and dynamic way. With a design that melts away the boundaries between inside and outside it’s the perfect open-top sports car with beautiful proportions that make the occupants stand out and look good. With a deep expression of KODO design, the Mazda MX-5’s body surfaces richly express the Japanese sense of contrast between stillness and motion.

Safety

The Mazda MX-5 offers unparalleled levels of safety with airbags, a deployable active bonnet system for pedestrian protection and a lightweight, yet incredibly strong, SKYACTIV-Body. Front and side airbags are standard, and the side airbags feature a special bracket on the outside shoulder of the seat to protect occupants’ heads even with the top down. The passenger seat is equipped with anchors and a top tether for ISOFIX child seats. The fourth–generation MX-5 also benefits from Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE technology - Sport Nav+ models feature Lane Departure Warning System, Front and Rear Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Attention Alert.

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