2015 Mazda MX-5

Mazda has announced its new MX-5 will start at £18,495 – with UK deliveries starting later this year.

As standard, the entry-level SE model is powered by the 131hp 1.5-litre engine with a six-speed manual gearbox, air-con, heated door mirrors and an FM radio with auxiliary input and iPod connectivity.

The SE-L (£19,245) gets additional speakers in the driver’s headrest, climate control and DAB radio, as well as a 7-inch infotainment screen and cruise control.

We reckon the £20,095 2.0-litre SE-L could be the sweet spot, though. As well as the 160hp Skyactiv petrol engine, it also gets 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels and a limited-slip diff.

Sport versions (starting at £21,845) get heated leather seats, a premium Bose sound system and rear parking sensors, while the 2.0-litre Sport (£22,695) gets sports suspension featuring Bilstein dampers.

The MX-5 will make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, and customers who have pre-ordered the new model will have a chance of winning a drive up the hill and access to Mazda’s VIP enclosure.

Mazda Motors UK managing director, Jeremy Thomson, said: “The MX-5 is Mazda’s brand icon and it embodies all that is great about our products. Its fun-to-drive character has strengthened the bond between Mazda and its customers for 25 years, so there’s no better place to showcase the all-new MX-5 than in front of the enthusiastic crowd at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

The new model is the lightest MX-5 since the original was launched in 1990. At the time, the 115hp 1.6-litre cost £14,249 – equivalent to over £30,000 in today’s money.