Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Near-identical boot capacity to soft top MX-5 at 127 litres
  • Interior storage space is at a premium with no door pockets
  • Higher roofline than soft-top MX-5 means more headroom

One of the primary detractors of a folding hardtop roof is where to stow it once folded down. Most manufacturers make room for it in the boot, but since the soft top MX-5 only has a 130-litre luggage capacity there’s precious little space to take away.

Happily, Mazda’s engineers have managed to keep the RF’s boot capacity almost identical to the soft-top’s at 127 litres.  This means you can still just about squeeze two holdall style bags in should the need arise.

On the inside it’s the same story as in the soft top MX-5; hardly any storage space and snug for those with long limbs. Thankfully the higher roofline means there is a tad more headroom than in the soft-top.

The lack of door pockets and a glovebox are particular disappointments, but there’s a surprisingly capacious lockable cubby between the seats, with removable (and slightly fiddly) cup holders just ahead of it. The passenger can move their's further forward onto the centre console to be beside the gearlever. There's also a small cubby for keys and coins where your arm rests behind the handbrake, but that's about it.

Will it fit in my garage?

An excellent turning circle makes it a very easy car to drive in town, and once you’ve got used to sitting near the rear wheels, it’s one of the easiest cars around to park – although the RF’s roofline buttresses obscure over-the-shoulder visibility slightly.

Thankfully, the RF's compact dimensions means it's easy to slot into small spaces, being 3,915mm long, 1,735mm wide and 1,235mm tall. Plus, you have parking sensors on Sport model upwards and a rear-view camera to help out on the top two models.

Safety

  • No Euro NCAP safety rating at the time of writing
  • Likely to be as safe as four-star rated soft-top MX-5
  • Rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitor are cost options

Because the Mazda MX-5 does not have a B-pillar joining the roof like many conventional cars, it adds a seatback crossmember to strengthen the body structure, and reinforced sills and A-pillars. Front and side airbags are fitted, and the steering column is designed to be crushable to absorb energy.

Adaptive LED headlights and blindspot monitoring are now fitted on the top two higher-spec models, while all models but entry-level SE-L come with traffic sign recognition and lane-departure warning. In cars with the Bose audio system, the latter triggers a surprisingly effective rumble strip sound through the appropriate door speaker to warn the driver. Higher-spec Sport Tech and GT Sport Tech models come with blindspot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

Mazda MX-5 driver safety systems

All models come with a tyre pressure monitoring system and Isofix child seat point on the passenger seat.

The closely related MX-5 soft top scored four stars in Euro NCAP’s safety tests in 2015, helped by a pop-up bonnet and impact absorbing beads above the engine. We've referenced the soft-tops video and ratings below.

Watch: The soft-top Mazda MX-5's crash video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda MX-5 RF.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

30th Anniversary equipment

30th Anniversary standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
30th Anniversary optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim

GT Sport Nav+ equipment

GT Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
GT Sport Nav+ optional equipment
None available

GT Sport Tech equipment

GT Sport Tech standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
GT Sport Tech optional equipment
None available

Launch Edition equipment

Launch Edition standard equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
Launch Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SE-L optional equipment
None available

SE-L Nav equipment

SE-L Nav standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sports seats
SE-L Nav optional equipment
None available

SE-L Nav+ equipment

SE-L Nav+ standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SE-L Nav+ optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Sport optional equipment
None available

Sport Black equipment

Sport Black standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
Sport Black optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim

Sport Nav equipment

Sport Nav standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
Sport Nav optional equipment
None available

Sport Nav+ equipment

Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Sport Nav+ optional equipment
None available

Sport Tech equipment

Sport Tech standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Sport Tech optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Mazda MX-5 RF was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 84%
Child Occupant: 80%
Vulnerable Road Users: 93%
Safety Assist: 64%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.