The Sports Mazda MX-5: Practical, Sporty, and Fun to Drive

The Mazda MX-5 is a convertible roadster with plenty of styles available.

This sports car is one of the smallest new convertibles on the roads. Not to worry though! It won't go unnoticed by passersby. With its roaring engine and open-air driving style, the Mazda MX-5 is popular amongst younger generations looking for a low-cost convertible. Depending on the engine size and specifications you'd prefer there are is a wide spectrum of options from which to choose.

Specifications and Features of the Mazda MX-5

The Grand Touring edition features 155 horsepower with a two-litre engine. It makes an entrance with its sharp LED headlights, day or night. Seating one other passenger in leather-trimmed and heated seats and padded armrests, the Mazda MX-5 is comfortable and stylish.

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The body-coloured upper door trim and signature Mazda logo gives it a sporty feel. This compliments the Bose 9-speaker audio system (with speakers integrated into the seats). The seven-inch full-colour touch screen isn’t assessable in drive mode to pay close attention to safety. The screen offers SMS text message audio delivery and reply, and accurate navigation system for those regularly on the road.

Mazda MX-5's Practicality

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The interior offers two cup holders on the passenger’s side and to the right of the driver. Both can be removed for additional space to cover for the spacer-than-average boot. This doesn’t make much difference for those who have longer legs. It is, however, a great asset to utilise if you have a bulky box in the passenger seat. The holders are a great addition for thirsty drivers and easy to access for the passenger.

The passenger back panel has storage to fit accessories such as sunglasses case, purse, and perhaps a few additional necessities. Keep it tidy and you’ll see the benefit of the panel. For bulkier items such as a bag, you’ll need to store it in the boot. The limited space in the door panels is a great strategy to maintaining the cleanliness of the car. But, it’s especially handy for lip balm, a pen, or perhaps the keys for the car when in drive mode.

Underneath the screen, there’s a small tray to store your phone. If you like to charge it when the car’s in use, you need to be crafty on tucking the wire away to prevent your phone from falling out when you accelerate.

Boot Space

The boot space hasn’t evolved since the earlier Mazda edition. Nobody buys a small sports car to carry luggage around everywhere; it’s essentially a car that is quick and easy to park, has a mean-sounding engine and leads the road.

From the outside, the boot appears a lot more restrictive than what it is. Open the boot and it’s deep enough to fit a few bags of grocery shopping, or a carry-on flight bag. At 130 litres, you can’t fit much in. But, spend a few more minutes packing your belongings strategically, and you’ll find it more practical than you thought.

Despite being a convertible, the Mazda MX-5 is practical in addition to being fun to drive.

Throw out what you thought you knew about sporty convertibles and do a double take! The Mazda MX-5 is easy on the eyes without eliminating the function of larger vehicles. This is the perfect choice if you're looking for an affordable, yet luxuriously simple car that gets you from point A to point B while turning heads. 

Do you own a Mazda MX-5? Let us know how practical it is for your lifestyle in the comments.  

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