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Mitsuoka Roadster (2015–)

Last updated 25 August 2016


While the Mitsuoka Roadster has some radical exterior styling, its Mazda MX-5 underpinnings are all too apparent in the cabin. In fact, it’s almost identical to the MX-5, which is both a blessing and a curse. Quality is great, with solid, high-quality materials and creature comforts like heated seats, but it could be a little more exciting to complement the retro exterior styling.

The folding roof is metal, so provides good security and refinement. It can be raised or lowered in around 12 seconds and is very straightforward to operate – just undo the single roof latch and press the button. Folding it down has no effect on load volume in the boot. Capacity isn't huge – but access is good and the load deck is low. There's more than enough space for a weekend away or a trip to the shops. 

Because of its Mazda MX-5 underpinnings, everything is tried and tested. The audio system, climate control, heated seats and cruise control all work flawlessly, plus they are intuitive and easy to operate – and they all come as standard. Also standard is leather upholstery, plus there is Bluetooth connectivity and an aux input for music.

Servicing and running costs should be affordable, since the engine and running gear are shared with the relatively simple Mazda MX-5. If you’ve always wanted a stylish classic car but you’ve incredibly high servicing costs or getting stranded at the roadside then the Mitsuoka Roadster could be right up your street - if you can afford more than £53,000 to buy it in the first place.

Standard Equipment:

Mitsuoka Roadster comes with leather sports seats, driver’s side seat height adjustment, plastic wind blocker, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Bluetooth, Aux-in, steering wheel mounted audio controls, remote central locking, remote boot release, cruise control, electric windows and climate control. The only options are metallic paint and navigation.


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