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Mazda MX-5 RF review

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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 Convertible is always a popular option, but try driving one any distance up the motorway, even with its roof up, and you’ll discover its hardly the quietest of cars, with a fair degree of road and wind noise breeching that canvas roof being the culprits.

So, to appeal to those who enjoy the indulgent thrill open-topped motoring but appreciate the option to put the roof up and relax when need be, we now have this Mazda MX-5 RF. The initials stand for Retractable Fastback and it's just like the regular convertible version, 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.

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. And don't forget to check out the latest deals on our New Car Buying pages.

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There are 2 engines available for the MX-5 coupe. Click to see details.See all versions
1.5 132
This entry-level engine is rev-happy and just about brisk enough to be interesting...
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0-62 MPH8.7 secs
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2.0 184
This 2.0-litre engine is far more flexible than the 1.5-litre unit and loves to be revv...
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0-62 MPH6.8 secs
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