Mazda MX-5 RF review

Category: Convertible

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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Introduction

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Whether you like the British seasons or not, there are four of them, each distinct, and they keep spinning around relentlessly. And as they do, the same things happen: we moan that it’s too cold or too hot, and regardless we carry on buying open-topped cars by the bucketload.

The Mazda MX-5 RF is here for those who enjoy the indulgent thrill of open-topped motoring, but appreciate the common sense of a hard-top roof. Those initials stand for Retractable Fastback; it's just like the regular soft-top MX-5, but has an electrically operated retractable hard-top and extra sound insulation that are claimed to boost refinement and make it more of an everyday proposition.

There’s the same choice of 1.5- or 2.0-litre engines, each with a couple of trim levels to pick from. Of course, no generation of MX-5 would be complete without a regular supply of limited edition models coming and going as the years progress. Oddly, although you can’t get an automatic gearbox in a soft-top MX-5, it’s available on the RF.

Although you might consider a Fiat 500C, Mini Convertible or even a Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet, the RF is a proper sports car that can also count the Toyota GT86 as a rival. It’s also usefully cheaper than other two-seat open-topped sports cars like the BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster. However, it’s pricier than the soft-top MX-5, so is it worth the extra? Read on over the next few pages to find out. 

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At a glance

Number of trims4 see more
Available fuel typespetrol
MPG range across all versions37.2 - 44.8
Avaliable doors options2
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles

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