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Long-term test: Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0i Sport Tech



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The MX-5 has been able to show off its big car luxury features with the onset of winter calling heated seats into action on the morning commute.

Accelerating out of the car park with a bit too much vigour has already got the rear wheels spinning slightly too so we’ll have to mind how we go when temperatures drop below zero (my ice racing experience may come in handy).

It’s getting increasingly difficult to find fault with the MX-5 as it’s still a pleasure to drive and be inside even though it’s now the oldest long termer on AM’s fleet.

More senior colleagues have said it’s a bit difficult to get in and out of, but that’s more a problem with their aging hips than the fault of the car.

The premium BOSE sound system – part of the Sport Tech trim – is worth highlighting to customers.

I’ve been plugging an MP3 player into the auxiliary slot and using the six CD changer and its seven speakers to blast progressive rock at ungodly levels and the sound quality is excellent.

The audio dynamics also adjust automatically with the system’s AudioPilot feature if the roof is raised or lowered.

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