Alternatives

Used Mazda MX-5 RF 2016-present review

Used Mazda MX-5 RF 16-present
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda MX-5 coupe?

The MX-5 has few traditional rivals, whether as a Convertible or as an RF. The BMW Z4 is a two-seater with a more refined folding metal roof and a more luxuriously appointed dashboard. Earlier cars came with a fantastic six-cylinder engine, which is certainly a step up from the engines in the MX-5.

The Fiat 124 Spider has excellent handling, with a punchier engine than the similar MX-5’s and a more characterful interior. It is quite rare still so used prices may well be high.

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Verdict

The Mazda MX-5 RF is as much fun to drive as its Convertible sibling, but the step up in refinement isn’t enough to justify paying extra for it on the forecourts

  • Outstanding ride and handling
  • Good performance
  • Low running costs
  • Compromised driving position
  • Wind noise at speed
  • Pricey, even used