Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

The Parkers VerdictThe Parkers Verdict

The Mazda MX-5 RF is a very likeable car, with an unusual style all of its own.

Even though it’s a little heavier than the soft-top model, it’s almost as much fun to drive, if not even more so – its slightly stiffer suspension means it has a little less body roll than its fabric-topped sibling.

It’s a shame the wind noise is so great when the roof is open, because when the roof is closed it’s quieter and more comfortable than the soft-top. Taller drivers, be warned – although the roofline is slightly taller, headroom is still very tight.

If you’re likely to cover more motorway miles than average in your MX-5, or particularly like the look of the RF’s lines, there’s much here to enjoy. However, we suspect most buyers will be served equally well by the cheaper, lighter, less complicated Mazda MX-5 soft-top.