Folding hardtop is the business end of the Mazda MX-5 range

  • Retractable hardtop MX-5 on sale from March 2017
  • Available with 131hp 1.5-litre and 160hp 2.0-litre engines
  • Current generation MX-5 offered with auto gearbox for the first time

Good news for company car drivers who want a relatively inexpensive, cheap-to-run sports car. Mazda have announced the folding hardtop version of their hugely popular MX-5 sports car, with UK deliveries set to take place in the Spring of 2017.

Company car friendly

The car, dubbed the MX-5 RF (for Retractable Fastback), promises enhanced cabin comfort and a more refined ride courtesy of the newly-added folding hardtop. Fleet managers may also be more inclined to give it the company car green-light thanks to the MX-5 RF’s fastback, rather than soft-top, status.

There’s no word yet on official mpg or CO2 emissions figures, though we anticipate them to vary little from the regular MX-5 soft-top. Therefore, expect monthly tax (for those charged at the 20 percent rate) to be around the £90 mark for the base 131hp 1.5-litre SE-L Nav model, with this increasing to around £112 upwards for 2.0-litre variants.

Generous array of standard kit on all trim levels

As per the soft-top MX-5, standard kit on the RF includes LED headlights, climate control, cruise control, seven-inch touchscreen with sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and 16-inch alloy wheels on the base SE-L Nav car. Models with the 160hp 2.0-litre engine also come with larger 17-inch wheels and a limited slip differential, plus Bilstein Sport suspension and a strut brace for Sport Nav spec cars and above.

There will be a special Launch edition limited to just 500 cars, which, as well as all of the above, will feature Recaro seats, BBS wheels, Alcantara pack and the Safety Pack – featuring automatic high beam and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.