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'Soulful, infectious and spirited'- Mazda MX-5 RF Driven

2017-10-18 07:58

Image: Warren Wilson


Known as one of the best 'drivers' cars ever made, check out our gallery of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF.

Rouel van Nelson

Cape Town - You know you're in a good car when you can sum it up perfectly after just a day of driving. However, you know you're in a great car when you can tell a whole story about it after shifting from 1st to 3rd gear. Yes, the new Mazda MX-5 RF is that good a sports car.

What's so special about this model? Well to start with, Mazda gave it a 'Soul Red' paint job and as far as first impressions are concerned, the automaker can tick the good looks department for sports cars.

It has soul

The MX-5 turned heads everywhere I drove. The colour, along with its sleek and elegant lines makes it unique on our roads. It's new design gives it a high-perceived quality. It has elements of the TVR Tuscan about it, particularly when looking at the wheel arches and front-end.

Nonetheless, while some may agree that looks are subjective, the MX-5 RF looks absolutely stunning. Just look at it...

Gallery: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

Image: Warren Wilson

Interior design, comfort

The Mazda MX-5 has a cosy cabin with everything being at an arms length away. Its infotainment system, steering wheel gadgets are user-friendly and doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what they do. Also, its black leather is given a detailed edge courtesy of red stitching along its bucket seats and steering wheel.

That drive though...

Image: Warren Wilson

As far as driving is concerned, well... I never wanted to stop planting my foot down. If you enjoy the sensation of shifting through gears along mountain passes or the countryside... the MX-5 RF is the perfect car for you. 

There is a basic and simple feel to the MX-5; It's relatively easy to drive, invigorating behind the wheel and makes every drive exciting... exactly what you'd expect from a roadster.

Its precise handling, low center of gravity and balance makes for dynamic experience, provided you don't encounter poor roads. Its a car that you want to be in and wont feel laboured to drive whether its a quick run to the local shopping centre or weaving through traffic (See infographic below for vehicle specs).

Image: Warren Wilson

And the drawbacks...

If you're a tall fella, hopping inside the MX-5 will be awkward. The rear window visibility is also at a minimum and a glance over your blind spots might be a challenge with the seats head rests blocking your view. The boot space is without its single biggest negative; there's just enough space for a medium sized suit case.

If you have a family these will be major drawbacks but being practical isn't what the MX-5 was built for.

Image: Warren Wilson

In a nutshell

I never expected to struggle in summarizing the MX-5 but I'm afraid to say I did. I battled a bit because the car is brilliant, well-balanced, refined, soulful, infectious, spirited and a whole manner of positive adjectives...

Image: Warren Wilson


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