In addition to using test cars for daily domestic driving, I also use a circular route of around 80 miles of mixed roads which I use to help assess cars. And recently, something very strange happened.
Having completed the test route, I didn’t go indoors for my usual cup of tea. I immediately set off and drove the whole route again, just for pure pleasure of driving such a wonderful car. And that’s something I haven’t done for a very long time!
That car was the Mazda MX-5, and while you can’t say a lot about the space, comfort and practicality of a two-seater sports car, you can say a lot about its driving dynamics. And in the case of the MX-5, they are just brilliant.
The steering is pin-sharp, the gearshift slick, the chassis balance and suspension set-up keep the car glued to the tarmac, and the exhaust soundtrack is glorious. Continue reading