Compared to most modern cars the MX-5 is very easy to drive, it is very basic with limited gadgetry to get to grips with.
Ease of Use
Compared to most modern cars the MX-5 is very easy to drive, it is very basic with limited gadgetry to get to grips with. However, its relative ease of use could lead to an inexperienced driver getting carried away without any electronic safety systems to assist them.
Parking and manoeuvring the MX-5 couldn't be more simple, with the roof down visibility is superb although, with the roof up it is a little difficult to see through the rear quarter lights and rear window. Everything is simply laid out within the cabin and due to its large doors it is surprisingly easy to get in and out of for such a low car.
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But what about storage I hear you shout - well the MX-5 has a lockable glove box, seat back pocket (passenger side), rear console box with lockable lid and door pockets.
The boot is relatively spacious for a convertible and it can be opened via the interior release button or by using the key. The 1.8i Sport model has a key fob release button which is much easier to use.
The fuel filler cap is positioned on the top of the rear wing and is a little awkward to operate if you are on the shorter side as you have to lift the filler nozzle to an almost vertical position to get the fuel in.
Safety and Security
The following safety & security equipment is standard on the MX-5 1.6i.
Anti-lock brake system (ABS), Dual front airbags, passenger airbag cancellation system, seatbelts: 3 point (ELR) X 2 with pre-tensioners and force limiter, Alarm Thatcham Category, Immobiliser system, ISOFIX child seat anchorages (passenger side) and Side impact door beams.
Comfort and Refinement
The words comfort and luxury don't come to mind when driving the MX-5, the cabin has just enough space for two people and with the roof up there is adequate head room. Head and leg room could prove problematic for the taller driver but with the roof down head room is not a problem.
Mazda MX-5 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mazda Mazda MX-5 1.6i|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||119 mph|
|Fuel Type||Petrol - Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||44.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3-year/60,000 mile warranty from date of registration with unlimited mileage in the first year|
6-year anti-perforation warranty
3-year unlimited mileage paint and surface corrosion warranty
The Mazda 3-Year manufacturers warranty includes Mazda European Assistance
|Price (when tested on the 24/03/04)||£ 15,000|