Mazda MX-5: Friends' views

Oliver's opinion

Name: Oliver Laverack
Age: 27
Drives: Renault Kangoo

Likes: Fast-folding roof, cruising ability 
Dislikes: Small boot, cramped cabin


The hard top certainly makes a huge difference over the conventional roof. It's not just wind and road noise which are noticeably lower than the standard car, but the cabin in insulated from other traffic noise too - making it far nicer on long trips.

Once up to speed on the motorway the engine is fairly quiet and it pulls well in sixth gear, meaning you don't have to keep changing gear just to keep up with traffic. In fact it's surprisingly refined and the ride is good too – admittedly it’s firm, but it doesn’t crash on bumps and is smooth on the motorway.

Despite covering almost 250 miles, I didn't feel as tired as I expected after a long stint in the Mazda. A quick blast around some B-roads showed me how much fun it is but what impresses me most is the MX-5's all-round ability. True, it’s not the most spacious two-seater and luggage space is limited, but it’s an easy car to with day-to-day, all year round.

Current mileage: 1711

Average mpg: 31.0