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Used test: Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86: interiors

Fun doesn't have to be an expensive commodity, as the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota GT86 prove. Which is the more accomplished used buy? We find out...

Used test: Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86


Driving position, visibility, build quality, practicality

Particularly tall drivers might find the Mazda MX-5 cramped, but everyone else will be perfectly comfortable. The seats are narrow but supportive, and while there’s no reach adjustment for the steering wheel, the driving position is otherwise pretty good.

The Toyota GT86 feels appreciably bigger inside and there’s more adjustment in its driver’s seat. The steering wheel adjusts for reach, too, and the seats also hold you in place better during hard cornering.

Used test: Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86

Mind you, the MX-5 has the smarter interior. The GT86’s cheaper-feeling dashboard plastics and low-rent LCD displays make it feel like a throwback to the 1980s.

By contrast, the MX-5 feels thoroughly modern inside, with good ergonomics. SE-L Nav trim adds an excellent sat-nav to the infotainment system, which is controlled by a rotary dial between the front seats; the touchscreen in the GT86 is nowhere near as slick.

Mazda MX-5 boot

There’s not much storage space in the MX-5. Unlike the Toyota, it lacks door bins or even a glovebox. There is a small, lockable cubby between the two seats, with small storage spaces just behind them.

While the MX-5 is strictly a two-seater, the GT86 will technically carry four. In reality, the back seats are better used as extra storage space, although a couple of small children will fit.

Toyota GT86 boot

That, and a decent-sized boot, make the GT86 a relatively practical proposition by sports car standards. The MX-5’s poky boot will only hold a couple of weekend bags, so be prepared to pack light.

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