Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Virtually identical to soft-top MX-5’s cabin
  • Well-positioned pedals a highlight
  • Clearly-displayed instruments and rev-counter

What's the Mazda MX-5 RF like inside?

The cabin is essentially identical to the soft-top Mazda MX-5’s, with the addition of the switch for the roof mechanism next to the air-con controls the only real change. In certain markets Mazda will offer the RF with brighter interior colours than the soft-top, to emphasise its more ‘deluxe’ market proposition.

The steering wheel is relatively large, like that of a classic car, and the pedals are nicely positioned, with a floor-mounted accelerator pedal for more precise throttle control.

There’s a lockable cubby between the seats in lieu of a glovebox, with removable (and slightly fiddly) cup holders just ahead of it. A large rev counter sits centre stage in the clear, neatly designed instrument panel, flanked by a clearly legible speedo and a separate digital dial with trip computer data.

A colour multimedia screen sits on top of the centre of the dashboard. When the car’s stationary it can be used as a touchscreen, while on the move that function is sensibly disabled and the screen’s displays are controlled by a transmission tunnel-mounted rotary dial, making it easier to concentrate on the road.

Mazda MX-5 RF roof switch

  • Taller drivers may struggle to get comfortable
  • More refined than soft-top MX-5 with the roof up
  • Soft suspension means impressive ride comfort

How comfortable is the Mazda MX-5 RF?

How comfortable you find the Mazda MX-5 RF probably depends partly upon how tall you are. If you’re 5ft10in or under, it’s an easy car to get comfy in, with a classic sports car straight-legged driving position. Taller drivers will find headroom tight, and the transmission tunnel steals a bit of space in the footwell, too.

The MX-5’s steering column currently adjusts for rake (height) and, as of 2018, reach as well.

With the roof closed, the MX-5 RF is noticeably quieter on the motorway than the soft-top version, although with the roof open there’s a great deal of wind noise to put up with above 55mph or so – more so with than the soft-top, in fact (assuming its wind deflector is in place).

Ride quality is exceptionally comfortable for a sports car, with relatively soft suspension to soak up speedbumps and potholes. The 1.5-litre cars have smaller 16-inch wheels, offering a marginally smoother ride than the 2.0-litre’s larger 17s.