MX-5 drivers convinced they look cool
OWNERS of Mazda’s popular affordable roadster are certain they attract admiring glances, it has been claimed.
As the weather improves, the reasonably-priced sports car containing balding men and their wives is once again ubiquitous on UK roads. And according to research by the Institute for Studies, 94% of Mx-5 drivers would describe themselves as ‘cool’.
Professor Henry Brubaker said: “Although this little car has obvious merits, it is perhaps less charismatic than the middle-managers and hairdressers that drive it like to believe.
“I mean, you wouldn’t see George Clooney driving one, unless he’d just had an incredibly expensive divorce.
“However I imagine the man who played the put-upon husband in 90s BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances might be a fan.”
He added: “The Mx-5 is a bit of a semantic minefield. It says of the driver, ‘I am a maverick who plays by his own rules’ and also, ‘I am sensible enough to appreciate a vehicle with low running costs and reasonably-priced insurance’.”
“Is that, objectively speaking, cool? I’d say it’s more mildly endearing.”
46-year-old Mx-5 owner Tom Logan said: “Since I bought my little green convertible, it hasn’t exactly cured my mild erectile dysfunction but it has compensated for it.
“Driving it makes me feel like a 60s secret agent, albeit a relatively junior one on a modest pay grade.”
He added: “When I’m not using it I keep the Mx-5 zipped up in a special bag, like a car-shaped musical instrument.”