My Up GTI shares garage space with these two
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I would heartily recommend either, or both, of them as an ideal companion to an Up GTI. The SLC has a 1.6 turbo engine with 156 bhp and 9 speed auto box, the MX5 has a 1.5 na engine with 131 bhp and the sweetest 6 speed manual you can buy. All 3 cars have virtually identical performance figures, which means they are more than quick enough for real world driving, without having massive amounts of power you cannot use, yet they are all totally different to drive. I love all 3 of them.
Thanks John. Very nice cars. It would be nice to have both and keep my UP GTI but i only have space for two cars and with the low mileage i do these days it is hard for me to justify having one car never mind two.
I do like the MX5 as it reminds me of the MGB and TR6 i had in the 70s. However i love the way the hood has only one lever to unlock and back it goes unlike the 10 press studs you had to fiddle with on my old sports cars.
I also like the SLC. The fact it is automatic would be good for me and the security of the metal top, but i would worry about how reliable the top would be. Then again the soft top on the MX5 could suffer vandal damage.
I will certainly have a look at both when its time to change and i am sure i would be happy with either of them.