As you’d expect, in a small, two-seater sports car, the driving environment is very focussed on the driver.
Given the MX-5’s designers needed to keep the weight down, they’ve done a great job making it look and feel suitably high quality.
The top and midsection of the Mazda MX-5’s dash is soft textured plastic the even the lower section doesn’t feel too scratchy. The switches and rotary dials for the climate controls all feel nicely damped too. Little details such as the stain chrome air vents surrounds are also a nice touch.
SE+ and SE-L Nav+ trims come with cloth seats, but for a more premium experience, Sport Nav+ and GT Nav+ car’s get their seats covered in leather instead.
Entry-level MX-5s don’t get a screen atop their dashboards, but from second-rung SE-L Nav+ cars and up a 7.0-inch colour screen comes as standard, sitting nicely in the driver’s eye line.
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Mazda’s infotainment system is amongst the best on sale – as long as you avoid the entry-level SE+ model. These cars get a simple AM/FM radio, CD player and aux and USB connections, but no screen.
From next-rung SE-L Nav+ Mazda’s includes its 7.0-inch screen infotainment system, which can be operated either by touch or via a rotary controller and menu shortcut buttons located between the front seats. Also included is DAB radio, Bluetooth and sat-nav, and Mazda dealers can add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as an optional extra for around £300.
Having both dial and touch operation means it’s simple to use when stationary or driving, and thanks to a clear menu structure and large on-screen icons you can use it confidently on the move.
Entry-level cars come with a modest four-speaker sound system, while SE-L Nav+ cars and up get a more advanced six-speaker system. For the best audio experience, however, go for a Sport Nav+ car or higher, which gets a nine-speaker Bose surround sound system.