Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 7.9 - 9.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 37.2 - 44.8 mpg
  • Thirstier 2.0-litre engine still reasonably cheap to run
  • Smaller 1.5-litre car remains the most economical
  • Relatively low power output means reasonable insurance costs

How much will the Mazda MX-5 RF cost to run?

The lowest Mazda MX-5 RF CO2 rating belongs to the 1.5-litre engine, at 143g/km. The manual 2.0-litre measures 156g/km, and the automatic 157g/km.

The 2.0-litre is the thirstiest version, averaging 40.9mpg combined with either gearbox fitted.

Thriftiest on fuel is the 1.5-litre, available with a manual gearbox only, which officially averages 44.8mpg.

  • Smaller 1.5-litre engine is the eco-friendliest in the range
  • Automatic gearbox adds 1g/km of CO2 to 2.0-litre model
  • Marginal CO2 penalty for 1.5-litre engine over soft top MX-5

If you’re looking to minimise your carbon footprint then the cheaper 1.5-litre MX-5 is the one to go for, emitting just 143g/km of CO2 – three more than in the soft top MX-5.

Emissions for the 2.0-litre manual remain the same at 156g/km of CO2, although spec the automatic gearbox option and this increase to 157g/km.

Mazda MX-5 RF SkyActive technology

  • Simple but well-engineered
  • No official recalls for MX-5
  • Hard-top roof worth keeping an eye on

How reliable is the Mazda MX-5 RF?

The MX-5 RF’s reliability should be very similar to that of its soft-top sibling – a car that possesses an almost faultless record with no official recalls or major faults.

However, there’s no denying that the RF is more complicated than the famously simple MX-5 soft top, with an electric folding hardtop roof and automatic gearbox option.

Make sure you treat both with care in order to get the best out of your MX-5 RF, regular getting the vehicle serviced and not attempting to lower the roof in unsuitable conditions.

The Parkers’ Owners’ Reviews section suggests MX-5 customers are highly satisfied with their cars and rarely report any serious problems.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £240
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 24 - 33
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