Which engine for new MX-5?

Most reviews of the new Mazda MX-5 praise and recommend the 1.5 engine, but the most recent review I have seen advises going for the 2.0 engine especially as this only costs an extra £850 including an uprated suspension and brakes, a torsion bar and a limited slip differential. Is this a no brainer or is the 1.5 still the better option for everyday motoring and a better ride?

Asked on by

The reason is that Mazda initially only released the 1.5 for testing and that gives the purest 'sportscar' experience. Mazda also wants to sell as many 1.5 v/s 2.0 for emissions/CO2 reasons. But, like the Toyota GT86, it lacks torque, so for everyday the 2.0 is more satisfying to drive.
Tags: best engine
Similar questions
I fancy buying a Hilux about two years old. Which engine is better - the 2.5 or 3.0? And is there anything particular to check out apart from what it's been used for?
We are replacing our Mazda 2 and wonder what your thoughts are regarding choosing between the 1.2 engine or new 1.0 litre in the i20? The car will be kept for at least five years, so maintenance wise...
I'm looking to upgrade from my Megane Coupe to potentially a Captur or even the Clio (which is know as about as big as my Megane). The 1.2 TCE seems good but I hate the EDC. Is it likely Renault will...
Related models
Excellent handling makes it fun to drive. 1.5-litre model works very well on uneven UK roads. 2.0 as quick as many drivers would ever want. Well-equipped for the money.

Ask Honest John

Value my car