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Mazda MX-5 Convertible review

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25 Jan 2017 14:45 | Last updated: 9 Oct 2018 14:12

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Mazda MX-5 sports front space

The MX-5 is a small car – and feels like one on the inside. You can touch the opposite door without stretching, so you’re in close proximity to any passenger, while taller drivers might feel that leg room is tight and the roof is a bit close.

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Storage space is even more compromised; there are no door bins, so the only place to stow your paraphernalia is in the shallow central armrest cubby or a shallow tray at the base of the dash that’s aptly sized for a phone.

Mazda MX-5 sports rear space

The MX-5 is a two-seater, so it really has no rear space. There is no room for a bag hook, so you’ll struggle even to squeeze a jumper into the narrow gap between the rear wall and the seatbacks. However, there are a couple of glovebox-sized cubbies behind the seats, in which you can store items such as de-icer and a scraper.

2018 Mazda MX-5 interior

Mazda MX-5 sports seating flexibility

The front passenger seat has a lever to control the backrest angle and for sliding forward and backwards, but you don’t get height or lumbar adjustment on any trim. These, plus other niceties such as electrically adjustable seats that more expensive convertibles offer, aren’t even options on the no-frills MX-5.

Mazda MX-5 sports boot space

The boot is unaffected by the roof’s position, so you can have the top down and still have a reasonable amount of space; the boot is big enough for a couple of weekend bags. It’s good enough by the standards of two-seat sports cars, although the oval-shaped opening has a high load lip and a fairly narrow aperture, so loading chunky items could be a pain. Certainly, a set of golf clubs will have to go where a passenger would, because they won’t fit in the boot.


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