Mazda MX-5 Mk1 (1991 to 1998) review - AutoExpress

This is where the Mazda MX-5 legend began. Mazda MX-5 25th anniversary special Styling Even after 25 years, the first generation MX-5 still has enough kerb appeal to turn heads. The car in our pictures is a Eunos Roadster imported from Japan, but apart from a few badges it’s visually and mechanically identical the Mazda. Heavily inspired by the Sixties Lotus Elan, the MX-5’s clean, uncluttered and retro-themed lines have aged remarkably well. In fact, it’s only the car’s dinky dimensions that betray it’s advancing years, as it’s dwarfed by the current car. Look closely at the MX-5 and you’ll spot plenty of neat details that give the car plenty of character. The nods to the past continue inside, where you’ll discover a simple dashboard layout that features neat eyeball air vents, clearly marked out dials and thin-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel. Unlike the Sixties British sportscars that inspired it, the Mazda feels engineered to last. Practicality You don’t expect a two-seater roadster to be practical, but an early MX-5 is better than most. Source: