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Mazda MX-5 roadster (2005-2015) - Practicality & boot space

The Mazda MX-5 is relatively easy to live with, but the boot is very small

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Sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 aren’t bought primarily for their practicality, but the best offer a decent amount of space. The MX-5 isn’t particularly big inside – that’s part of the car’s charm – but a bigger boot and extra interior storage space would help its day-to-day appeal.

Mazda MX-5 interior space and storage

The Mazda MX-5 isn’t the most practical two-seater on the market, but there’s at least a reasonable-sized glovebox and a lockable storage box between the seats. There’s also a pair of cup-holders between the seats and two more in the doors – which seems like overkill in a two-seater sports car.

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The steering wheel only adjusts up and down – not in and out – but there’s a decent amount of adjustment in the seats. Tall drivers might have problems getting comfortable, but most people should be fine.

Mazda MX-5 boot space

You wouldn’t expect practicality to be a Mazda MX-5 strong point, and it isn’t. The car’s boot only has room for 150 litres of luggage, although that’s enough to squeeze in a small suitcase. The boot also has quite a tall load lip to lift luggage over, although not many people are going to buy the Mazda for load-lugging.

Folding the fabric roof away doesn’t take up any boot space and the roof is easy to drop down by simply releasing a couple of clips and dropping it back.

The Roadster Coupe’s roof folds up and down at the press of a button. Impressively it can do this in just under 12 seconds. And unlike some cars with folding hard tops, there’s very little reduction in luggage space when it’s lowered.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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