Whether you like the British seasons or not, there are four of them, each distinct, and they keep clicking around relentlessly. And as they do the same three things will happen: we’ll moan that it’s too cold or too hot, and regardless of this we’ll carry on buying open-topped cars by the bucketload.
The Mazda MX-5 Convertible is always a popular option, but try driving one any distance up the motorway, even with its roof up, and you’ll discover its hardly the quietest of cars; a fair degree of road and wind noise breeching that canvas roof are the culprits.
So to appeal to those who enjoy a blend of indulgent open-topped motoring with the option to put the roof up and relax, we now have this Mazda MX-5 RF. It’s like the Convertible version, except that the electrically operated retractable hard-top and extra sound insulation are claimed to boost refinement and make it more of an everyday proposition.
It’s pricier than the soft-top MX-5 Convertible, so is it worth the extra? Read on over the next few pages to find out.