Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • 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.

The passenger seat includes ISOFIX child seat anchors and a top tether.

Like most modern cars, the Mazda MX-5 RF includes a variety of sensors, radar and cameras for safety systems.

Blind spot monitoring flashes a warning light in the door mirror glass if it believes you may be about to move into the path of obscured traffic in the next lane. The same system’s sensors also operate in reverse, in Rear Cross Traffic Alert mode.

Mazda MX-5 driver safety systems

Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) uses a camera to detect if the driver is drifting into another lane without indicating and sounds a warning. In cars with the Bose audio system, it triggers a surprisingly effective rumble strip sound through the appropriate door speaker to warn the driver.

Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) points the low beams in the direction of the steering, to better illuminate dark roads at night.

The closely related MX-5 soft top scored four stars in Euro NCAP’s safety tests, including a 84% rating for adult occupant protection and a 93% pedestrian protection score, helped by a pop-up bonnet and impact absorbing beads above the engine.

  • 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

How much space is in the Mazda MX-5 RF?

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.

How much boot space is in the Mazda MX-5 RF?

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. The lack of door pockets and a glovebox are particular disappointments. 

Thanks to a higher roofline there is a tad more headroom than in the soft-top, and the storage locker placed in-between the backs of the seats is surprisingly capacious.

How big is the Mazda MX-5 RF?

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