If you’re keen to acquire an eye-catching roadster that is an absolute blast to drive, the Mazda MX-5 RF is certainly worthy of your consideration. This rear-drive sports car delivers a winning combination of everyday drivability and old-school motoring thrills and spills.
When in place, an electronically retractable hardtop provides the MX-5 RF with its beguiling coupé good looks. A simple press of a dashboard-mounted button will avail you of glorious open-top motoring in a just a few seconds. The British weather is apt to change, of course, so another push of the same button will have the roof back in place in no time at all. This hardtop provides greater protection against the elements than the canvas equivalent that comes with the standard MX-5. It’s also soundproofed, which helps to deliver a quieter ride.
The MX-5 RF comes with one of two four-cylinder petrol engine options, and a standard-issue six-speed manual gearbox. Option one is a 1.5-litre 130bhp petrol unit that manages 0-60mph in approximately 8.4 seconds. Option two is a 2.0-litre 158bhp engine that generates 199Nm of torque, allowing the vehicle to achieve 0-60mph in a little over seven seconds.
A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system enables intuitive operation of the car’s audio system (which includes DAB radio) and satellite navigation set-up. Steering wheel-mounted controls feature, making it easy to operate music functions while focusing on driving. AUX and USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity also feature, the latter enabling music streaming and hands-free mobile phone communication.
A wide range of driver aids and passive safety features are included as standard, such as Electronic Stability Control, which anticipates and minimises the likelihood of skidding. Airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters, and ISOFIX child-seat attachments are also present and correct – and ready to keep passengers of all ages secure.
Mazda cars come with a fine reputation for reliability but, just in case you’re unsure, the MX-5 RF is supplied with a seven-year warranty. To put this best-selling roadster through its paces, please complete our online contact form. Or, phone your nearest EMG Motor Group showroom – we’re open Mondays to Fridays.