New Mini Convertible vs Mazda MX-5 RF
With the sun shining, you might be tempted by a drop-top such as the Mazda MX-5 RF or Mini Convertible. Which one deserves the warmer reception?...
Sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth are standard, along with a well-positioned 7.0in screen, but there’s no smartphone mirroring. Like the Mini’s system, the infotainment can be operated in two ways: via the touchscreen or the rotary dial controller and shortcut buttons by the gearlever. The latter method is less distracting on the move, but either way, the system is intuitive to use and relatively quick to respond to inputs.
A 6.5in screen is standard with DAB and Bluetooth, but sat-nav and Apple CarPlay are not. The minimum price to gain these is £900, or you can pay £2000 for the system shown; this adds a bigger, 8.8in screen, more online connectivity, real-time traffic updates and wireless charging. You also get a concierge service, through which you can arrange everything from booking a service to reserving a table at a restaurant.