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2018 Mazda MX-5 RF Sport Black review - verdict

Sitting between SE-L Nav and Sport Nav, could the Mazda MX-5 RF Sport Black be your ideal summer companion?

Words By Alan Taylor-Jones

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There’s no doubt that the Sport Black strikes a happy balance between the SE-L Nav and Sport Nav trim levels; it gets you a few more luxuries inside while retaining the softer suspension of the SE-L. It’s also good value within the MX-5 RF range, especially if you were considering metallic paint.

Unfortunately, its value looks less convincing compared with regular MX-5 convertible. Although a metal roof is certainly more secure than a canvas one, it’s not vastly more refined, waiting for the electrics to do their thing is arguably more of a faff than manually operating the soft top and it's an awful lot more expensive. So, while the MX-5 RF Sport Black is good, a canvas-roofed SE-L Nav makes more sense.


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Rated 4 out of 5


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Mazda MX-5 RF Sport Black

Price Β£25,695 Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol Power 158bhp at 6000rpm Torque 148lb ft at 4600rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 7.4sec Top speed 134mph Official economy 40.9mpg CO2, tax band 161g/km, 33%

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