The MX-5 RF is a small car, so if you fancy one but you’re over six-feet tall, make sure you try before you buy. The fact that you can easily touch the passenger door from the driver’s seat is a good indicator of this, and means that shoulder room is tight if you have someone sat next to you. Leg room is also tight and you’ll likely find your head brushing the roof lining, too. If you’re closer to average height, the interior still seems cosy, but you should have enough space.
Storage space is also compromised, with no door bins or glovebox. The only place to stow your paraphernalia is a shallow cubby under the central armrest, a slightly larger cubby between the two seats, or a shallow tray at the base of the dash that’s about the right size for a mobile phone.
Mazda MX-5 RF rear space
The MX-5 RF is a two-seater, so it really has no rear space. There isn’t even room for a bag hook, so you’ll struggle even to squeeze a jumper into the narrow gap between the rear wall and the seatbacks. However, there are a couple of small glovebox-sized cubbies behind the seats, in which you can store items such as de-icer and a scraper.
Mazda MX-5 RF seating flexibility
The front passenger seat has lever-controlled backrest angle as well as the normal back and forth sliding movement. You don’t get height or lumbar adjustment on any trim, or as an option. Electric seat adjustment isn’t available either.
Mazda MX-5 RF boot space
Like the MX-5 Convertible, the RF’s boot space is the same whether the roof is up or down. It’s not vast, but considering the size of the car, the fact that it’ll take two travel-sized suitcases makes it useful for a weekend away.
Anything bigger and you’ll struggle; if you play golf your clubs will have to sit on the passenger seat. There are a couple of other downsides, notably the high load lip and fairly narrow opening that make loading chunky items a pain.