Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Top Sport Serves Up Dream Ride; It's Fun, Fun, Fun, and Comfy

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Top Sport Serves Up Dream Ride; It's Fun, Fun, Fun, and Comfy

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SOMETIMES it's nice to get caught up in the daydream of life.

Sometimes it's nice to dream about what you would do with that big lotto win, about watching the sun rise on a yacht off the Whitsundays, about sleeping in past 5am on a Sunday.

It's so much easier to let the mind drift when you're in a Mazda MX 5, top down, the sun in your hair. Even if it is stuck at a traffic light in morning commuter hell.

For a solitary moment, a tiny fraction of time, you hear nothing but a throaty purr of a well-tuned machine and then your reverie is broken by a small voice.

aMama, this car is super cool,a says the almost four-year-old ensconced in her car seat. She is working the dials of the radio with her feet. aIt's just like Noddy's but even better.a

High praise indeed, I think, as the light changes . Thoughts interrupted but a memory made.

Comfort

While it requires some nifty manoeuvring to get inside the MX 5, it is surprisingly comfortable once you're settled in place. This close to the ground the headroom appears generous and the sporty recaro seats are supportive and luxurious to the touch. With space at a premium, controls need to be practical and efficient and that they are. Some of the plastics are a touch hard but that's probably because the cabin is designed to withstand those surprise showers when you are caught with the top down. Storage is limited but clever and the retractable roof has its own cavity so the boot is able to handle that overnight bag. or a couple of shopping bags with the top up or down.

On the road

Fun, fun, fun. That's how we would describe the MX 5. The buzz of the 2.0-litre engine starts that flutter of freedom and great handling and direct response steering allows it to soar. It's equally happy being pushed around corners, the curvier the better, or stretching its legs in cruise mode. While the double wishbone suspension is excellent, it's only natural that you will feel some of the irregularities in the road surface but that kind of adds to the thrill. Ratios are pretty close together which necessitates a bit of work with the stick but the gearbox is smooth that this is no great hardship. …

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