By: Charlen Raymond
REASON FOR BEING: The Mazda MX-5 should not be considered for practical reasons, but rather for the enjoyment of the drive! Image: Wheels24 / Charlen Raymond
Cape Town - The MX-5 is, for all intents and purposes, far from being a practical car and despite a lot of niggles, the MX-5 is not a bad car - it just requires some getting used to and lots of understanding.
Rand-for-rand this could very well be the best open-top car in our market today and the reason why anyone would consider this roadster would be to have fun.
However, If I had to point out everything that is wrong with the Mazda MX-5, we’d all end up being depressed and demotivated.
Some of the ergonomics are stupidly placed, the cup holders are awkwardly positioned, and if you want to use the volume knob you’d have to break your left wrist to do so.
What’s more, if you are having a midlife crisis or if you had a hip replacement at any stage of your life, best look away from the MX-5. Getting in and out of the car is a hassle beyond compare and my 1.86m frame is on the verge of snapping at the waist.
The struggle is real and I had empathy for my 80-year-old grandfather as he fell back into his seat when labouring out of the roadster.
Price: R425 400
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