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#21 Posted : 10 July 2018 16:44:05(UTC)
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Mmmmm. How much boot space do you need? My wife and I did a seven day tour of Scotland in our ND and we packed everything we needed including clothes for all weathers, walking boots. numerous pairs of shoes, numerous jackets/fleeces, in two airline hand baggage cases (which the car is designed for) and the space around them . Most of the clothes we took for colder weather weren't worn . Now you might need more space for a two week jaunt but that would come second to owning the ND. I would rather get a boot rack than swap it for an Audi TT. With all that lot on board the 2.0 litre's torque definitely helps for a relaxed thrash free drive.

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..sorry to "re-open" your thread.....but you have given me food for thought now.

We have had a mk1 (4 yrs), and a mk2.5 for the last 16 years. I recently had a test drive in a 1.5 mk4 and loved it...but after recently finishing work and like you, my main priority now is for "touring" and I think in this respect the Mk4 is not very practical. (I even considered the option of fitting the exorbitantly expensive boot carrier and case!!).

However I now feel the need to test drive and Audi :(   ...Auto Trader he we come....

My wife was really quite anti the Audi until she sat in it and then demanded a test drive. I found a 2.0 TFSI with 211 bhp and only 17500 miles, lacks the nimbleness and rawness of the MX5 but is nonetheles is a stunning drive. The electric roof is a work of art!

 

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#23 Posted : 10 July 2018 16:48:21(UTC)
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Mmmmm. How much boot space do you need? My wife and I did a seven day tour of Scotland in our ND and we packed everything we needed including clothes for all weathers, walking boots. numerous pairs of shoes, numerous jackets/fleeces, in two airline hand baggage cases and the space around them . Most of the clothes we took for colder weather weren't worn . Now you might need more space for a two week joint but that would come second to owning the ND. I would rather get a boot rack than swap it for an Audi TT. With all that lot on board the 2.0 litre's torque definitely helps for a relaxed thrash free drive.

more space than the ND offers I’m afraid. The TT has a 211bhp engine, 0-62 in 6.2 seconds and enough torque to spin the wheels when I changed gear and floored the throttle.

 

 

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Originally Posted by: First rider off Go to Quoted Post

Mmmmm. How much boot space do you need? My wife and I did a seven day tour of Scotland in our ND and we packed everything we needed including clothes for all weathers, walking boots. numerous pairs of shoes, numerous jackets/fleeces, in two airline hand baggage cases (which the car is designed for) and the space around them . Most of the clothes we took for colder weather weren't worn . Now you might need more space for a two week jaunt but that would come second to owning the ND. I would rather get a boot rack than swap it for an Audi TT. With all that lot on board the 2.0 litre's torque definitely helps for a relaxed thrash free drive.

..really impressed with this. We have just completed a 3 night stay in Lincoln in our Mk2, and I must admit it was a struggle, (and we didn't take any "weather" gear or walking boots). We did use it a few years ago for a week in Scotland and we ended up with a bag on the "back shelf", (or on the stored soft top if it was down...I don't think the Mk4 has this option?). Would love to see how you got it all in!!!

NB Since the previous post I have been "Autotradering", but not many soft top TT's about...at least not within a reasonable distance, (or price)....the search continues..decisions decisions....   

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Mmmmm. How much boot space do you need? My wife and I did a seven day tour of Scotland in our ND and we packed everything we needed including clothes for all weathers, walking boots. numerous pairs of shoes, numerous jackets/fleeces, in two airline hand baggage cases (which the car is designed for) and the space around them . Most of the clothes we took for colder weather weren't worn . Now you might need more space for a two week jaunt but that would come second to owning the ND. I would rather get a boot rack than swap it for an Audi TT. With all that lot on board the 2.0 litre's torque definitely helps for a relaxed thrash free drive.

..really impressed with this. We have just completed a 3 night stay in Lincoln in our Mk2, and I must admit it was a struggle, (and we didn't take any "weather" gear or walking boots). We did use it a few years ago for a week in Scotland and we ended up with a bag on the "back shelf", (or on the stored soft top if it was down...I don't think the Mk4 has this option?). Would love to see how you got it all in!!!

NB Since the previous post I have been "Autotradering", but not many soft top TT's about...at least not within a reasonable distance, (or price)....the search continues..decisions decisions....   

It can be done. You just need to keep your wife in check. It is amazing how much you can get in if you pack carefully and use every nook and cranny. Two airline hand baggage suitcases, coats, shoes, boots etc stuffed in the wings and in the space between the suitcases which sit in a well and the rear bulkhead. Couple of large carrier bags to put the loose stuff in when transporting between the car and B&B etc. I'll take a photo next time.

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Hi first Rider, and thanks for the reply. Yes I would be interested in a picture! I am aware that the Mk 3 boot is 150 litres, and the Mk4 is 130, but can't find the actual capacity for our Mk2, (It may be less as it has a space-saver spare wheel?)

...a possible solution for "longer" trips ???? :-

https://boot-rack.co.uk/convertible-boot-rack/mazda-mx5-boot-rack/mx5-mk4-boot-rack/

Does anybody have one and can comment as to practicality?..certainly cheaper than the "official" boot rack..(NB I am referring specifically to the "bag" strapped to the boot).

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Mmmmm. How much boot space do you need? My wife and I did a seven day tour of Scotland in our ND and we packed everything we needed including clothes for all weathers, walking boots. numerous pairs of shoes, numerous jackets/fleeces, in two airline hand baggage cases (which the car is designed for) and the space around them . Most of the clothes we took for colder weather weren't worn . Now you might need more space for a two week jaunt but that would come second to owning the ND. I would rather get a boot rack than swap it for an Audi TT. With all that lot on board the 2.0 litre's torque definitely helps for a relaxed thrash free drive.

..really impressed with this. We have just completed a 3 night stay in Lincoln in our Mk2, and I must admit it was a struggle, (and we didn't take any "weather" gear or walking boots). We did use it a few years ago for a week in Scotland and we ended up with a bag on the "back shelf", (or on the stored soft top if it was down...I don't think the Mk4 has this option?). Would love to see how you got it all in!!!

NB Since the previous post I have been "Autotradering", but not many soft top TT's about...at least not within a reasonable distance, (or price)....the search continues..decisions decisions....   

It can be done. You just need to keep your wife in check. It is amazing how much you can get in if you pack carefully and use every nook and cranny. Two airline hand baggage suitcases, coats, shoes, boots etc stuffed in the wings and in the space between the suitcases which sit in a well and the rear bulkhead. Couple of large carrier bags to put the loose stuff in when transporting between the car and B&B etc. I'll take a photo next time.

 

Yup, that pretty much describes exactly what we took in our mk 3, two cabin bags, a soft bag and a small cool bag. Definitely couldn’t get both the cabin bags in the mk 4, we tried. 

 

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Hi first Rider, and thanks for the reply. Yes I would be interested in a picture! I am aware that the Mk 3 boot is 150 litres, and the Mk4 is 130, but can't find the actual capacity for our Mk2, (It may be less as it has a space-saver spare wheel?)

...a possible solution for "longer" trips ???? :-

https://boot-rack.co.uk/convertible-boot-rack/mazda-mx5-boot-rack/mx5-mk4-boot-rack/

Does anybody have one and can comment as to practicality?..certainly cheaper than the "official" boot rack..(NB I am referring specifically to the "bag" strapped to the boot).

If you are referring to the boot bag that straps onto the lid of the boot.......well, you’ll never guess who’s got one who doesn’t need it now he’s not got an MX5 any more 😉  interested?

(and no before anybody states the obvious we didn’t see this as the solution to our personal issues with the mk4) 

 

 

 

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#29 Posted : 10 July 2018 19:48:15(UTC)
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My guess is that the luggage space issue is at least partly due to different people's perception of "essential" and "travelling light".  Two people with similar thoughts to mine would get enough "essentials" for a two week touring holiday into the boot of the ND easily.  On the other hand two people like my youngest nephew would have trouble getting their "essentials" into the back of a Mercedes Sprinter van!

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Originally Posted by: perussell Go to Quoted Post

Yup, that pretty much describes exactly what we took in our mk 3, two cabin bags, a soft bag and a small cool bag. Definitely couldn’t get both the cabin bags in the mk 4, we tried. 

 

Two standard cabin bags here in a Mk4 - for the benefit of other readers, try yours rather than assume they won't fit because they fit easily either flat or side on, provided they can use the depth of the well.  They do vary slightly in size, these are both Samsonite, slightly different models bought at different times to comply with 55x40x20. We got a couple of underseat bags (used as overnight bags on ferry), a couple of pairs of shoes, coats, a bottle of champagne and some other small items in there as well.

 

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..many thanks for the pics...very useful, I suppose not having a spare wheel helps. We only have the one case (similar to your larger one i guess), so having the extra one may well give more room than our Mk2.....perhaps I can stop looking for Audi TT's for now...

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Yup, that pretty much describes exactly what we took in our mk 3, two cabin bags, a soft bag and a small cool bag. Definitely couldn’t get both the cabin bags in the mk 4, we tried. 

 

Two standard cabin bags here in a Mk4 - for the benefit of other readers, try yours rather than assume they won't fit because they fit easily either flat or side on, provided they can use the depth of the well.  They do vary slightly in size, these are both Samsonite, slightly different models bought at different times to comply with 55x40x20. We got a couple of underseat bags (used as overnight bags on ferry), a couple of pairs of shoes, coats, a bottle of champagne and some other small items in there as well.

 

Hmmm, those look slightly smaller than our cabin bags. In the Mk 3 we could get 2 side by side, wheels at the back of the boot, handles at the front, no way could we get more than one in the mk4    So we tried with a slightly larger bag ie travel with one larger bag rather than 2 smaller bags.  It fit into the mk 3 no problem, it was an incredibly tight fit in a ND soft top and just wouldn’t go into an RF because of some sort of plastic tray in base of the boot. It was quite amusing, we took the cases to the dealer and were marching backwards and forwards with the salesman between cars with cases.....quite a sight for people who didn’t know what we were up to.

 

 

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#33 Posted : 11 July 2018 07:19:48(UTC)
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 Many thanks to all for giving all the ex Caterham owners on here a good laugh. Much appreciated.

 

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