Mazda Roadster

Mazda Roadster Review: “Luxury car owners will also approve of its quality” by Naoto Shimazaki

A pedestrian from the intersection called out to me, “Is that the New Roadster?”, while I was test driving it downtown. (I clearly heard him as I opened the roof.) It was a moment that made me realize that people have a high interest towards this car.

Its four corners were boldly lop off and its body has a smooth accent. Its overall height is shorter than the previous model for about 105mm but it has its own presence. It was wrapped up with fine details such as the trunk opener switch concealed underneath the bumper. All its typical design details have been removed; its style was made fascinating as a whole.

The quality of its interior elevated from the previous model. It goes without saying that if its leather seat specification is the S Leather Package, it has a high degree of satisfaction. For example, as it is similar to Mercedes Benz’s SLK, luxury car owners will surely approve of it.

The body color distributed on the top part of the door trim (and instrument panel) has the same sense of uniformity as the previous model. The size of its seats is just enough, thus the new structure that utilizes a net and urethane coexists with a sports car-like hold and a pleasant seating comfortability like in the sedan. The positioning of its steering, pedal and shifters is perfectly settled. This is the result of having particularity in the design.

It was mainly test driven downtown as an experimental car before the mass production. As its first impression, its run was “light”. Particularly, the car has a good maneuverability in its steering operation. However, with its light body, you can also observe its smoothness while driving in a slow speed, and the vertical motion is stable.

Its 1.5L engine with 131ps/15kgf per m output does not engender waste of power, thus you can comfortably drive it while it’s at its maximum. The stability of its body while running without restriction is also way beyond the previous model.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)