In a world where bigger still equates with better for many, the MX-5’s smaller size, lighter weight and choice of naturally aspirated engines (a downsized 1.5-litre and traditional 2.0-litre) deliver a different type of driving experience, especially the equal class-leading handling. To be blunt, you have to thrash it to appreciate it. Some will love that demanding nature, while others wonder what the fuss is about. Back to the V8 for you then.