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“Whether you’re actually in the market for a used MX-5, or just want to relive your misspent youth, come along with us for a trip down Mazda MX-5 memory lane.”

The Mazda MX-5 has come a long way since its launch almost 30 years ago, with its current fourth generation model winning both World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year; but how do the generations that came before the 2015 model compare?

Auto Express has placed the Mazda MX-5 MK1, MK2 and MK3 in a head-to-head road test to analyse how the early model has evolved throughout the years.

Mazda MK-1

“It’s the simple and compact original that boasts the most kerb appeal to our eyes.”

“It looks great, is fantastic to drive and is great value for money. Its approachable rear-wheel drive handling still sets the standard for involvement, plus its eager engine and wrist-flick gearchange make the most of the available performance.”

Mazda MK-2

“The eager engine and thrilling rear-drive handling remained unchanged, and when the roof is down and the sun is shining few cars can generate a bigger grin on their driver’s face”

“More practical, a little more refined and featured a longer list of standard kit, making it a more sensible machine for daily use.”

Mazda MK-3

“In folding hard top RC guise you also get the best of both worlds, with coupe-like refinement when the roof is raised and wind-in-the-hair thrills when to roof is lowered.”

“Huge fun to drive and decent value”

“All-weather security”

Whilst the first generation Mazda MX-5 will always remain a classic, it’s clear that the model is improving year upon year, with each generation adding something new, enhancing performance and design whilst retaining the traditional charm of the roadster. Mazda continues to develop its current MK4 series, with the latest limited-edition version, the Mazda MX-5 Icon, being available to order now.

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