The MX-5 RF’s low-set seat has a standard tilt-adjustable base that is a really welcome addition, but it has no height adjustment. The steering wheel only adjusts up and down – there’s no reach adjustment – and the pedals are slightly offset to the right. Having said all that, most drivers will be able to get relatively comfortable in the snug seat.
Elsewhere, the high-set, stubby gearlever is in just the right place, there’s a well-positioned padded central armrest, and the sensible dashboard layout makes it easy to use.
Mazda MX-5 RF visibility
Looking down over the MX-5’s sloping bonnet gives you a real sports car feel, and with relatively thin windscreen pillars it’s actually pretty easy to see out of at junctions and roundabouts. However, the small rear window limits your view straight back and that ‘fastback’ design obscures the view looking over your shoulders, with the roof up or down.
To compound the issue, rear-parking sensors are standard on the pricier, range-topping Sport trim only.
Mazda MX-5 RF infotainment
For the RF the entry-level model is the SE-L Nav (unlike the MX-5 Convertible that starts with the more rudimentary SE trim), which comes with a 7.0in colour screen, sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
As well as being well equipped, the infotainment system is easily controlled via a rotary switch and shortcut buttons in front of the gearlever. The only irritation is that you can’t turn off voice guidance altogether – you can silence it, but it still dims the speakers when there would have been a guidance announcement.
The Bluetooth is quite effective – it’s easy to connect the phone, and it’s possible to hold a hands-free telephone conversation with the roof up on the motorway. Roof down, you will struggle, though. There are two USB connectors at the base of the dash, next to a cubby, making it an ideal place for storing and charging a mobile phone.
Mazda MX-5 RF build quality
Considering the MX-5 is a relatively inexpensive proposition, the interior feels commendably smart. There’s a good array of textures that add to its visual appeal, and although the interior plastics are hard to the touch, they still look good. This quality feel extends to the nicely damped switches and the fact that everything seems well screwed together.
If you splash out on the top-spec Sport Nav model, this comes with plush-looking leather seat trim and smart, contrasting stitching.