Space & practicality

Mazda MX-5 RF review

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25 Jan 2017 10:25 | Last updated: 4 Oct 2018 11:03

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Mazda MX-5 coupe front space

The MX-5 RF is a small car, so if you fancy one but are 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 someone is sitting 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 and a shallow tray at the base of the dash that’s about the right size for a mobile phone.

Mazda MX-5 coupe 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 glovebox-sized cubbies behind the seats, in which you can store items such as de-icer and a scraper.

Mazda MX-5 RF front space

Mazda MX-5 coupe 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 coupe boot space

Like the regular MX-5, 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.

You'll struggle with anything bigger; if you play golf, your clubs will have to sit on the passenger seat. There are a couple of other downsides, notably the boot's high load lip and fairly narrow opening that make loading chunky items a pain.

 

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