Mazda MX-5 Convertible | 1.5 [132] SE-L Nav+ 2dr


MAZDA MX-5 CONVERTIBLE 1.5 [132] SE-L Nav+ 2dr
PersonalLease
£254.42Per month inc VAT
BusinessLease
£212.02Per month ex VAT
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I would like all maintenance and service costs included

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Deal Summary

Initial Rental (Personal)

£2,289.82 inc VAT

Initial Rental (Business)

£1,908.18 ex VAT

Contract Length

47 Months

Maintenance

No

Processing fee

£199.99 ex VAT

Key Information

Sat Nav
Sat Nav
Front Heated Seats
Front Heated Seats
Alloy Wheels
Alloy Wheels
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Climate Control
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Cruise Control

Standard Options

BODY GLASS
  • Electric front windows/one touch facility
  • Front intermittent wipers
BRAKES
  • ABS Electronic Brake force Distribution
  • DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
  • Rear smart city brake support
COMMUNICATION
  • Aha and stitcher app
  • Hands free phone preparation
DRIVER AIDS
  • Cruise control speed limiter
  • Hill hold assist
  • PAS
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Remote boot release
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 7" touchscreen with multimedia commander
  • Analogue speedometer
  • Electronic odometer
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Water temperature gauge
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Piano black electric/heated door mirrors
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Black air vent surround
  • Black dash trim
  • Chrome meter rings
ENGINE
  • I-ELOOP
  • i-stop
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 2 USB/aux input socket
  • Audio system with 6 speakers with 2 in driver headrest, AM/FM/DAB radio and single CD/MP3
  • Steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Electrically operated body colour retractable hard top with heated rear glass window
  • Piano Black fashion bars
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • High mounted rear brake light with Black coloured cover
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Climate control air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V socket
  • Body coloured inner door trims
  • Centre console storage box
  • Chrome Air conditioning dials
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Coin Box
  • Cupholders
  • Front centre armrest
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Lockable rear storage box
  • Side door in Black leatherette with Red stitching
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Windblocker
SAFETY
  • 3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Deployable Hood System (DHS)
  • Dual front airbags
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Side airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitor
SEATS
  • Driver/ passenger seat manual slide, recline and tilt adjustment
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated front seats, in 3 heat levels
  • ISOFIX front passenger seat child seat compliance
  • Sports seats
SECURITY
  • Deadlock
  • Remote central door locking
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm immobiliser
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders vanity mirrors
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 16" black alloy wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre puncture repair kit

Technical Options

EMISSIONS - ICE
  • CO2: 138
  • HC: 24E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Bore: 74.5
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1496
  • Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 85.8
  • Valve gear: DOHC
FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC: True
  • EC Combined: 44.8
  • EC Extra Urban: 54.3
  • EC Urban: 34.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 5.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 6.3
GENERAL
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Series: SE-L Nav+
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 132
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 1.5
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 8.7
  • BHP: 132
  • Engine Power KW: 97
  • Engine Power RPM: 7000
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 112
  • Engine Torque MKG: 15.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 152
  • Engine Torque RPM: 4000
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 126
TYRES
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 195/50 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 195/50 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height: 1230
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3915
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4
  • Wheelbase: 2310
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1735
  • Width (including mirrors): N
WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 127
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 45
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1265
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): N
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1044
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Payload: 141

Reviews

Mazda Mx-5 Convertible SHOWING ITS METAL (72/100)

Defying expectations, the Mazda MX-5 RF Retractable Fastback might just be an even better bet than the standard roadster model. Like that variant, it now gets a more power. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

It would have been incredibly easy for Mazda to ruin the MX-5 by putting a folding hard top roof on it. Just as well then that instead of rushing this concept to market, the Japanese company did a proper job on this car. It's not just an MX-5 with a different roof. Mazda have managed to imbue the RF derivative with a more mature feel without losing the fun factor. More power for the 2.0-litre version is the finishing touch.

Background

Cars with folding hard top roofs can be rather grotty things. Curiously malformed with distended bottoms and pinched cabins, they usually lose their looks and their practicality once the roof's up and all you're left with is toothbrush room in the boot once the hood has done its contortionist's trick. Oh yes, these cars offer the customer more. More weight, more complexity and more expense, that is. Therefore, we shuddered when Mazda first announced a 'Retractable Fastback' 'RF' version of its fourth generation MX-5. Seems we needn't have worried after all. It's the exception that proves the rule. Utilising the basis of an existing MX-5, Mazda managed to build a car that will appeal to a subtly different audience. For many metropolitan types, parking on street is a way of life but the hard-topped RF variant offers additional security and is vandal-proofed in a manner that no fabric-roofed car can be. It's also a little more refined than the soft-top model.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, this RF model gets the same two powerplants available in the standard MX-5. That means it's offered with either a 1.5-litre 132PS engine or an uprated 2.0-litre 184PS unit. As with the ordinary roadster variant, all models powered by the 2.0-litre 184PS engine feature a limited slip differential and 17-inch wheels. Top versions feature Bilstein dampers and a strut brace to further enhance their dynamic set up. This fourth generation MX-5 design conforms to five key criteria that Mazda claim define this model line - rear drive with a front-mid engine layout, 50/50 weight distribution and an eagerness to change direction, plus a low kerb weight and an affordable price. Most RF models get six-speed manual gearboxes but Mazda is also offering a paddleshift auto option at the top of the range for the few that want it. As you would expect, the suspension and electric power steering parameters of the MX-5 have been specifically tuned for the Retractable Fastback version. In addition, a sound-absorbing headliner used in the front and middle roof panels combines with sound insulation around the rear wheel housings to deliver a significantly quieter cabin when the roof is closed. If you want to open the top, this can be done on the move at speeds of up to 6mph.

Design and Build

The MX-5 RF's electrically retractable hardtop consists of front, middle and rear roof sections - and a rear screen. When the top is lowered, the front and middle portions are stowed together, while the rear glass sits behind the seats, leaving the rear roof section in place to create a unique open-topped look, plus a cabin feeling that combines a sense of open air freedom with the impression of being securely ensconced within the car. A 5mm increase in roof height aside, the RF retains the same overall length, width and wheelbase as the standard MX-5 convertible, but thanks to gently downward-slopping buttresses that tuck in at the sides to create a teardrop shape, the RF's elegant fastback silhouette accentuates the MX-5's dynamic and contemporary sports car proportions in quite a unique way. Otherwise, things are much as they are in any other MX-5. True to sportscar tradition, there's a stitched leather-trimmed short-throw gearshift lever, with further premium leather on a grippy three-spoke steering wheel that looks and feels great but sadly, still only adjusts for height and not for reach. Through it, you view three satin chrome-ringed gauges, a large rev counter centrally positioned in pride of place.

Market and Model

There's a £2,000 premium to order this RF variant over the standard fabric-topped roadster model. That means pricing that starts at just over £22,500 for the entry-level 'SE-L Nav+' variant fitted with the base 1.5-litre 132PS engine. There's a large £2,600 premium to pay on top of that if you want the better-equipped 'Sport Nav+' variant with its Bilstein dampers and a strut brace. In the 2.0-litre RF line-up, prices start at around £24,000 for 'SE-L Nav+' trim and again, you're looking at having to find £2,600 more to upgrade to 'Sport Nav+' trim. Once you've agreed to do that, you'll be offered the further £1,400 option of automatic transmission if you want it but by that time, you'll be paying nearly £28,000, which some might feel is a little too much for any MX-5. Options are limited to mica, metallic or pearlescent paint, plus on 'Sport Nav+' models, you can add in nappa leather trim and a 'Safety Pack' giving you High Beam Control and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Cost of Ownership

In contrast to the metal folding top 'Roadster Coupe' bodystyle in the previous generation MX-5 range, this RF model's top doesn't add a significant amount of weight to this iconic little car. Which means that in this form, the MX-5 should cost you pretty much the same amount to run as the equivalent fabric-roofed variant. To be specific, the 2.0-litre version most will choose will return a combined fuel consumption return of 40.9mpg and a CO2 reading of 156g/km. If you go for the lesser 1.5-litre model, those figures improve to 47mpg and 143g/km. On to residual values, always a relative strongpoint with this car. Independent experts CAP reckon that after the usual three year/60,000 mile ownership period, this car will retain between 39 and 42% of its original value. To give you some perspective, a premium open-topped sportscar like, say, a BMW Z4 or a Mercedes SLK would give you between 33 and 34%. Yes, something like an Audi TT Roadster would do better, but its higher purchase price inevitably means that you'll lose more money throughout your time of ownership. CAP forecasts suggest that over the regular three year period, the TT will lose over £19,000, well over £6,000 more than the value this MX-5 would shed. Makes you think doesn't it?

Summary

The Mazda MX-5 is a tough car to improve upon but the Retractable Fastback version just about manages it, effectively offering added capability with - cost aside - almost no downside. With many MX-5 models down the years, the ethos was always less is more. The entry-level car was usually the best bet but the RF variant changes this, offering a slightly more mature feel that rewards a bigger engine and more kit. The hard-top version of the MX-5 should definitely bring the car onto the radar of a new group of buyers. The security and refinement associated with the metal roof will certainly appeal and the automatic gearbox option will also prove a neat fit with buyers wanting a more relaxed everyday drive.

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PersonalLease

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Initial Rental: £1,908.18 ex. VAT