Mazda MX-5 RF review

Category: Convertible

Section: Interior

Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior dashboard
  • 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
  • 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
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In this section:
  • Driving position and dashboard
  • Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
  • Sat nav and infotainment
  • Quality

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

The Mazda MX-5 RF's seat is mounted fairly high up, so some drivers might feel a little perched. Even so, you sit with your legs straight out forwards as if you were in a go-kart, with your posterior near the road. Many will undoubtedly like this, but getting in and out can be an inelegant procedure. The seat has a tilt-adjustable base but there’s no height adjustment. 

The steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake, but taller drivers might wish it moved a little further out. It's also worth mentioning that the pedals are slightly offset to the right. All but the tallest drivers will be able to get comfortable in the snug seat, though, so long journeys won't be a chore.

Rear parking sensors plus auto lights and wipers are standard on Sport trim and up, while a reversing camera is standard on Sport Tech and GT Sport Tech trims. All models get LED headlights as standard, upgraded on Sport Tech trim to adaptive versions, which allow you to keep main beam on for longer without dazzling other drivers.

Mazda MX-5 RF 2021 interior dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

All MX-5 RF trims get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment screen that incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth.

Unlike most touchscreen infotainment systems, you can’t actually interact with the screen through touch while you’re driving. Instead, you get a rotary dial between the seats that lets you scroll through the various menus, as you do in the BMW Z4. Thanks to the physical controller, the RF’s infotainment is really easy to use on the move and less distracting than touchscreen-only systems.

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