Quotes from CAR magazine long term car test report on Renault Wind (UGLY!) by Sarah-Jayne Harrison.
"But the chances for convertible drivers to actually lower their roofs are so few and far between that you need each experience to be special…"
"As for actually putting the roof down, I've been trying my best but Mother Nature hasn't exactly been on my side."
I intend writing to CAR, a magazine I highly respect, about this. My MX-5 is my daily driver and the roof is down 95% of the time (sorry about the last 5% but when I'm in danger of drowning I have to admit defeat and raise it).
From my unscientific observations I find that we MX-5 drivers are the only convertible owners that are committed enough to have the roof down in less than ideal conditions (or should that be us that are committed?).
The vast majority of convertible divers (not MX-5's) rarely lower the top. Even when the weather is glorious!
Why have they paid over the odds for a feature which compromises their car's handling, luggage space and passenger room for them not to use it at every opportunity?
Perhaps it is that these conversions of shopping trolleys never look right. The MX-5 is a proper sports car and therefore its natural condition is roofless.
My conclusion is that the owners of these alternative convertibles are merely fashion victims without any real desire to experience limitless headroom.
RANT OVER, sorry.