Mazda MX-5 RF 1.5 [132] SE-L 2dr Review

Category: Convertible

Section: Version review

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Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 front right tracking
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  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior front seats
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 right tracking
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 front static
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  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 front cornering
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 roof detail
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  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior driver display
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior detail
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 boot open
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 front right tracking
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 rear cornering
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior front seats
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 right tracking
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 front static
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 rear static
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 front cornering
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 roof detail
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 rear light detail
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior driver display
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior detail
  • Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 boot open
RRP £27,625What Car? Target Price£26,873
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
2 doors

The Mazda MX-5 RF is as fun to drive as its Convertible sibling while handling is actually an improvement over the soft-top. Boot space isn't hindered, either. But the step up in refinement isn’t enough to justify its extra cost, and rivals such as the Toyota GT86 offer a bigger, faster package, even if they don't have a convertible option.

Entry-level SE-L trim already comes well equipped, with goodies such as climate and cruise control, LED daytime running lights and 16in wheels. A 7.0in infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also heated seats and a leather wrapped steering wheel for some luxury, but it misses out on AEB.

An enjoyably revvy engine that'll suit those who are more interested in cruising or want the cheapest running costs. It’s the pick of the lineup because it’s a fair bit cheaper than the 2.0-litre, and although it isn’t lightning quick there’s still plenty of fun to be had in driving it hard. Only available with SE-L and Sport trims.


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Key information

Doors2
Seats2
0-62 MPH8.7 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

44.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

127

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

142

g/km