The interior layout, fit and finish
Those familiar with the Mazda MX-5 will feel at home in the 124 Spider, because the interior design is identical; only some different finishes and equipment set it apart. All-round visibility from the driver’s seat is very good, even with the roof up - in fact, the reversing camera on Lusso and Lusso Plus models is nigh on redundant - and head room is just acceptable for six-footers. Dropping the manual roof is a moment’s work and can be done without leaving your seat: unclip the latch, pull back and push down into place. It’s also just as easy to reverse the procedure.
Clear instrumentation is viewed through the chunky steering wheel that’s adjustable vertically but not horizontally, with a prominent rev counter taking centre stage. Seats controls are manual, too; there’s no height adjustment but it’s easy to find comfort. Lusso and Lusso Plus models get heated leather upholstery for the deeply sculpted seats, which drivers of sturdier frame might find a bit restrictive.