Mazda MX-5 Convertible review

Passenger & boot space

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2018 Mazda MX-5 interior
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

The MX-5 is a small car and feels like one on the inside. The driver can touch the opposite door without stretching, placing them in rather close proximity to the passenger, while taller drivers might feel that leg room is tight and the roof is a bit close when in place.

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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.

Rear space

The MX-5 is a two-seater and has no useable rear space, apart from a pair of removable cupholders that slot in between the two seat backs. 

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 is a glovebox-sized cubby behind the seats, in which you can store items such as de-icer and a windscreen scraper.

2018 Mazda MX-5 interior

Seat folding and flexibility

The front passenger seat has a lever to control the backrest angle and to slide it forward and backwards, but you don’t get height or lumbar adjustment on any trim. In fact, these features  join other niceties, such as the electrically adjustable seats that more expensive convertibles offer, in not even being optional on the no-frills MX-5.

Boot space

The boot is unaffected by the roof’s position, so you can drive with the top down and still have a reasonable amount of luggage space. Although the oval-shaped opening has a high load lip and a fairly narrow aperture so loading chunky items might be a pain, It's big enough to take a couple of weekend bags and is capacious enough by the standards of two-seat sports cars. Your golf clubs will need to go inside the car, though – taking the place of your passenger.

The MX-5 RF, meanwhile, only loses one litre of boot space to its metal roof origami and 'fastback' shape.

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