If you are searching for a frenetic, fun to play with and sweet sounding car, then Top Gear suggests looking no further than the Mazda MX-5. The MX-5, with a 1.5-litre engine, has a "zippiness and eagerness to please that’s endlessly entertaining". This allows you to turn into a fast bend with ease as the car "floats on soft, unashamedly road biased suspension".
In comparison to the Fiat 124 Spider, Top Gear focuses on the Mazda MX-5’s superiority in terms of the extra torque on hand, allowing it to trump the Fiat both with more grip when you need it, but also "easier hooliganism" if and when you want it, for a treat maybe. With additional benefits such as increased efficiency (37.2mpg compared to 32mpg for the Fiat), Top Gear argues that the MX-5 easily "casts a shadow over the Fiat 124 Spider".