This MX-5 RF is part of our nearly new range and comes with features including Rain sensing front wipers, Hill hold assist, Lane departure warning system, Rear parking sensor, Cruise control, Integrated bluetooth with steering wheel mounted controls
Petrol 40.9 combined MPG
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CO2: 161 g/km
Emissions and Fuel
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Electric front windows/one touch facility, Rain sensing front wipers
ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution, DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
Integrated bluetooth with steering wheel mounted controls
Cruise control + speed limiter, Hill hold assist, Lane departure warning system, PAS, Rear parking sensor
Engine start/stop button, Remote boot release
7" touchscreen with multimedia commander, Satellite navigation system, Trip computer, Water temperature gauge
Auto dimming rear view mirror, Body coloured door mirrors, Electrically heated door mirrors
Black vinyl leather dashboard panel
2 USB ports, Auxiliary input socket, Bose premium 9 speaker system, DAB Digital radio, iPod connection, MP3 compatible radio/single CD player
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers, Dual exhaust pipes, Electrically operated body colour retractable hard top
Adaptive front lighting system, Automatic headlamp levelling, Coming/leaving home lighting function, Dusk sensitive headlamps, LED daytime running lights
Climate control air conditioning
12V socket, Body coloured inner door trims, Centre console storage box, Cupholders, Front centre armrest, Gear shift indicator, Leather gear knob, Leather handbrake lever, Leather steering wheel, Lockable rear storage box, Strut brace, Windblocker
3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners, Dual front airbags, Fasten seatbelt reminder, Passenger airbag deactivation system, Side airbags, Tyre pressure monitor
Front head restraints, Heated front seats, Height adjustable front seats, ISOFIX front passenger seat child seat compliance, Sports seats, Tilt/slide reclining front seats
Deadlock, Remote central door locking, Smart keyless entry, Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser
Limited slip differential
Wheels - Alloy
17" Bright alloy wheels
Wheels - Spare
Tyre puncture repair kit
|Badge Engine CC:||2.0|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Series:||Sport Nav|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||28E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||N|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||N|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||12500|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||N|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||N|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||83.5|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||91.2|
|Engine Layout:||NORTH SOUTH|
|Fuel Delivery:||MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||40.9|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||51.4|
|EC Urban (mpg):||30.1|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||7.4|
|Engine Power - BHP:||160|
|Engine Power - KW:||118|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||6000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||148|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||20.4|
|Engine Torque - NM:||200|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||4600|
|Tyre Size Front:||205/45 R17|
|Tyre Size Rear:||205/45 R17|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Type:||17" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||N|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||45|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1295|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||N|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||127|
|Max. Loading Weight:||175|
|Max. Roof Load:||N|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||N|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||N|
|No. of Seats:||2|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||10.4|
Defying expectations, the Mazda MX-5 RF Retractable Fastback might just be an even better bet than the standard roadster model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.
It would have been incredibly easy for Mazda to ruin the MX-5 by putting a folding hard top roof on it. Just as well then that instead of rushing this concept to market, the Japanese company did a proper job on this car. It's not just an MX-5 with a different roof. Mazda have managed to imbue the RF derivative with a more mature feel without losing the fun factor.
Cars with folding hard top roofs can be rather grotty things. Curiously malformed with distended bottoms and pinched cabins, they usually lose their looks and their practicality once the roof's up and all you're left with is toothbrush room in the boot once the hood has done its contortionist's trick. Oh yes, these cars offer the customer more. More weight, more complexity and more expense, that is. Therefore, we shuddered when Mazda first announced a 'Retractable Fastback' 'RF' version of its fourth generation MX-5. Seems we needn't have worried after all. It's the exception that proves the rule. Utilising the basis of an existing MX-5, Mazda managed to build a car that will appeal to a subtly different audience. For many metropolitan types, parking on street is a way of life but the hard-topped RF variant offers additional security and is vandal-proofed in a manner that no fabric-roofed car can be. It's also a little more refined than the soft-top model.
Under the bonnet, this RF model gets the same two powerplants available in the standard MX-5. That means it's offered with either a 1.5-litre 131PS engine or a 2.0-litre 184PS unit. As with the ordinary roadster variant, all models powered by the 2.0-litre 184PS engine feature a limited slip differential and 17-inch wheels. Top versions feature Bilstein dampers and a strut brace to further enhance their dynamic set up. This fourth generation MX-5 design conforms to five key criteria that Mazda claim define this model line - rear drive with a front-mid engine layout, 50/50 weight distribution and an eagerness to change direction, plus a low kerb weight and an affordable price. Most RF models get six-speed manual gearboxes but Mazda is also offering a paddleshift auto option at the top of the range for the few that want it. As you would expect, the suspension and electric power steering parameters of the MX-5 have been specifically tuned for the Retractable Fastback version. In addition, a sound-absorbing headliner used in the front and middle roof panels combines with sound insulation around the rear wheel housings to deliver a significantly quieter cabin when the roof is closed. If you want to open the top, this can be done on the move at speeds of up to 6mph.
The MX-5 RF's electrically retractable hardtop consists of front, middle and rear roof sections - and a rear screen. When the top is lowered, the front and middle portions are stowed together, while the rear glass sits behind the seats, leaving the rear roof section in place to create a unique open-topped look, plus a cabin feeling that combines a sense of open air freedom with the impression of being securely ensconced within the car. A 5mm increase in roof height aside, the RF retains the same overall length, width and wheelbase as the standard MX-5 convertible, but thanks to gently downward-slopping buttresses that tuck in at the sides to create a teardrop shape, the RF's elegant fastback silhouette accentuates the MX-5's dynamic and contemporary sports car proportions in quite a unique way. Otherwise, things are much as they are in any other MX-5. True to sportscar tradition, there's a stitched leather-trimmed short-throw gearshift lever, with further premium leather on a grippy three-spoke steering wheel that looks and feels great but sadly, still only adjusts for height and not for reach. Through it, you view three satin chrome-ringed gauges, a large rev counter centrally positioned in pride of place.
There's a £2,000 premium to order this RF variant over the standard fabric-topped roadster model. That means pricing that starts at just over £22,000 for the entry-level 'SE-L Nav' variant fitted with the base 1.5-litre 131PS engine. There's a large £2,600 premium to pay on top of that if you want the better-equipped 'Sport Nav' variant with its Bilstein dampers and a strut brace. In the 2.0-litre RF line-up, prices start at around £23,000 for 'SE-L Nav' trim and again, you're looking at having to find £2,600 more to upgrade to 'Sport Nav' trim. Once you've agreed to do that, you'll be offered the further £1,400 option of automatic transmission if you want it but by that time, you'll be paying over £27,000, which some might feel is a little too much for any MX-5. Options are limited to mica, metallic or pearlescent paint, plus on 'Spot Nav' models, you can add in nappa leather trim and a 'Safety Pack' giving you High Beam Control and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
In contrast to the metal folding top 'Roadster Coupe' bodystyle in the previous generation MX-5 range, this RF model's top doesn't add a significant amount of weight to this iconic little car. Which means that in this form, the MX-5 should cost you pretty much the same amount to run as the equivalent fabric-roofed variant. To be specific, the 2.0-litre version most will choose will return a combined fuel consumption return of 40.9mpg and a CO2 reading of 161g/km. If you go for the lesser 1.5-litre model, those figures improve to 47mpg and around 140g/km. On to residual values, always a relative strongpoint with this car. Independent experts CAP reckon that after the usual three year/60,000 mile ownership period, this car will retain between 39 and 42% of its original value. To give you some perspective, a premium open-topped sportscar like, say, a BMW Z4 or a Mercedes SLK would give you between 33 and 34%. Yes, something like an Audi TT Roadster would do better, but its higher purchase price inevitably means that you'll lose more money throughout your time of ownership. CAP forecasts suggest that over the regular three year period, the TT will lose over £19,000, well over £6,000 more than the value this MX-5 would shed. Makes you think doesn't it?
The Mazda MX-5 is a tough car to improve upon but the Retractable Fastback version just about manages it, effectively offering added capability with - cost aside - almost no downside. With many MX-5 models down the years, the ethos was always less is more. The entry-level car was usually the best bet but the RF variant changes this, offering a slightly more mature feel that rewards a bigger engine and more kit. The hard-top version of the MX-5 should definitely bring the car onto the radar of a new group of buyers. The security and refinement associated with the metal roof will certainly appeal and the automatic gearbox option will also prove a neat fit with buyers wanting a more relaxed everyday drive.
Mazda has boosted the appeal of its fourth-generation MX-5 roadster. Jonathan Crouch reports.
It's hard not to like the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 roadster, especially now that it's faster, safer and more efficient. As before, there are 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engine options and anything this car lacks in outright power, it more than makes up in agility and tactility.
Is there another car sold today that rivals the Mazda MX-5's legacy? The Porsche 911 is an icon and the Toyota GT86 might well become one. The Volkswagen Golf is a name most can identify with, but the MX-5 is special. It has rewritten the record books again and again for sports car sales and its recipe of light weight, driver focus and simple front engine/rear drive layout just has an inherent rightness about it that hasn't dated. But, as is the case with most cars, successive generations get bigger and heavier. The MX-5 hasn't been immune to this issue, customers demanding improved safety, more equipment and better quality as each successive generation has been developed. With this MK4 model though, originally launched back in 2015, Mazda drew a line in the sand and went back to the light, tactile approach that made the MX-5 so great in the first place. Now the company's added a touch of extra power and technology to the equation.
As before, this fourth generation MX-5 is offered with either a 1.5-litre unit or a 2.0-litre engine but both these normally aspirated petrol powerplants have been significantly worked upon. The 1.5 still puts out 131PS, but the 2.0-litre powerplant's original 160PS output has been now raised to 184PS at a heady 7,000rpm (up from 6,800rpm). You always did have to rev MX-5 engines hard to get the best from them.. Torque has risen slightly with the 2.0-litre, from 200 to 205Nm. Mazda says that this 'SKYACTIV-G' 2.0 unit is now higher-revving and acoustically-tuned. This improved fourth generation design continues to conform to five key criteria that Mazda claim define the MX-5 - rear drive with a front-mid engine layout, 50/50 weight distribution and an eagerness to change direction, plus a low kerb weight and an affordable price. All models get six-speed manual gearboxes. The MX-5 isn't about straight line pace, it's about agility and tactility. Because the engines are so small, they can be tucked down and back in the car. Mazda reckons the bonnet and overhang used here are the lowest and shortest of any production model. Weight has been pared back by using aluminium for the bonnet, boot and front wings, while the soft top hood is also very light, improving the centre of gravity. Much of the front suspension is aluminium, as is the gearbox casing, the differential casing and the bracing that runs down the car's backbone. The virtuous circle of weight saving means that the smaller wheels only need four bolts as opposed to five. Lower rotational masses mean that the brake assemblies can also be made smaller, simpler and lighter.
As before, there are two bodystyles on offer, the classic soft-topped roadster and the folding metal-roof RF variant. The shape of the MX-5 hasn't changed radically from generation to generation. This one's no exception, but there's a bit more aggression about the detailing, the car looking like a shrunken Jaguar F-Type roadster from the rear three-quarter. Some have thought there's something a bit fishy-looking about the front end but it'll probably grow on you. See one in the metal and you'll be amazed at just how tiny it is. It's fully 105mm shorter in overall length than the previous generation version, despite the wheelbase only being 15mm less. It also stands 20mm lower and 10mm wider. Lower and wider is always good for a roadster's stance. In another clever touch, the seat cushions are supported on netting instead of the usual metal springs, allowing Mazda to reduce weight and seat the driver's hip point closer to the road. A lower driver then means the windscreen header rail can shift backwards, in this case by 70mm, which in turn means the hood is shorter and lighter, and also easier to package when folded. See what we mean about that virtuous circle?
Prices for the soft-top version theoretically start at just over £19,000 but you'll probably be paying between £21,000 and £23,000 for a 1.5-litre model if you want a nicer level of spec - and obviously even more for the 2.0-litre; think in terms of around £22,000-upwards for that variant. The standard trim level;s are 'SE', 'SE-L' and 'Sport', plus the usual special editions. The RF folding metal roof bodystyle isn't available with base 'SE' trim and demands an £1,800 premium over the soft top. Even base models come with alloy wheels, LED headlights, a leather steering wheel, plus a lightweight and sleek fabric hood. SE-L versions add LED daytime running lights, climate control air-conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth and cruise control, plus Mazda's MZD-Connect connectivity and infotainment system with 7-inch colour touch-screen display and Multimedia Commander. SE-L models with the 2.0-litre engine get gunmetal 17-inch alloy wheels and piano black door mirrors, as well as benefiting from a strut tower bar and limited slip differential. Navigation is optional. Step up to Sport trim and both the 1.5 and 2.0-litre cars feature rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, Premium Bose Surround-Sound and heated leather seats. With the 1.5-litre engine, Sport trim MX-5's come with 16-inch gunmetal alloy wheels and piano black door mirrors. Sport models with the 2.0-litre engine get sports suspension featuring Bilstein dampers, a limited slip differential and strut tower bar, and can be identified by their 17-inch alloy wheels and body coloured mirrors.
Stick with light weight and modest power outputs and this dictates a raft of affordable costs. The MX-5 has long been the exemplar of the affordable sports car and emissions are agreeably low, the 1.5-litre engine pegged at 139g/km, with 47.1mpg possible on the combined cycle. Owners can keep up to date with their car's maintenance schedule via the instrument binnacle trip computer screen and the 'Applications' section of the 'MZD-Connect' centre-dash monitor. To help you keep track of what work has been carried out, you can access a 'Digital Service Record' online and use a useful 'My Mazda App' to receive reminders about servicing, book your car in at your local dealership and access a digitally-stored record of your model's service history. Residual values ought to hold up well, with the MX-5 a favourite amongst used car buyers due to its relative simplicity, strong reliability and low cost to insure.
Weight is the enemy. Excess weight in a car dulls its responses, makes it harder to turn, stop and accelerate, ensures that it drinks more fuel and puts greater stresses on virtually every moving part, parts which then have to be beefed up and made heavier to cope. The Mazda MX-5 reverses that cycle, stripping weight off which in turn allows it to pare more weight back with other simple lightweight componentry. It's a brilliant piece of engineering. It also goes to show that you can probably have more fun with 1.5 litres worth of MX-5 than you can with some supercars. No, that's not hyperbole. Try it and you'll see. If you measure your cars in terms of smiles per mile, the MX-5 has to be right near the top of your shortlist.
Mr Anthony Lank - 15/06/2018, owner of a Mazda MX-5 Convertible 2.0 Sport Nav 2dr
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Mr Phil Robinson - 13/05/2018, owner of a Mazda MX-5 Convertible 2.0 Sport Nav 2dr
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Mr Charles Massey - 17/04/2018, owner of a Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Sport Nav 2dr
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