2018 Mazda MX 5 RF Review; More spacious Interior

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 - Mazda

2018 Mazda MX 5 RF – By his successful Roadster and a hard wegklapdak to give the silhouette of a coupé would appeal to an even wider audience with the 2018 Mazda MX 5 RF, which if RF requesting a bit.

2018 Mazda MX 5 RF Exterior changes

2018 Mazda MX 5 RF Review

The previous generation, the NC, was the first MX-5 that was offered with a hard wegklapdak à la Mercedes SLK, to doubters over that are not year round with a smooth Hood like to drive around. With the RF – for Retractable Fastback – Mazda goes a step further and also want to convince people who love the stylish look of a coupé, but who also want to enjoy the pleasures of the open drive.

The result is a kind of targaconstructie where the front and middle element along with the rear screen can disappear in the compartment between the seats and the suitcase. The rear takes part together with the fastback-like styles in its place again. The whole operation takes only thirteen seconds and is fully automatic. There will therefore be no manual locking more involved like it used to in the Roadster-Coupé. In addition, you do not with the RF also completely silent, even though not much faster than walking pace drive (up to 10 km/h).

2018 Mazda MX 5 RF Redesign and Changes

At comparable equipment costs the RF exactly 2,500 euros more than a MX-5 with smooth hood. That additional cost, however, is not only justified by the displacement sailing, but also by some interventions aimed at increase comfort when you’re driving around with the roof. In other words, whereas ordinary 2018 Mazda MX 5 RF Roadster is an uncut, the RF a bit the GT-touring on. For example, the rijgeluiden in the Interior extra muted thanks to larger floor mats, a three-tier lining on the roofing elements and additional insulation in the rear wheel arches, against the door and body panels, on the center tunnel and in the engine compartment. That is more chic to nature is the RF is not available in the basic version SkyMove.

The engines of the Roadster version the RF logically takes over, but the 2.0 SkyActiv-G can here – just as in the late the Roadster-Coupé – be ordered with an automatic. It then proceeds to a classic specimen with six ratios, an option that somewhere though fits the GT-character that Mazda, rightly or wrongly, want to ascribe this version – it is expected that little MX-5-customers will choose to do so. Another exclusivity for the RF is the vehicle colour Machine Grey, which thanks to a special process for a particularly reflective effect, while the upper part of the roof can be carried in body color or in black piano finish (an option of 500 euros). In addition, the RF on of course count on all historical elements of comfort and safety on the ‘ ND’-generation (infotainment, driver-assistance systems, and so on).

How he drives?

Although Mazda RF figured out with a subtle custom adjustment for the suspension and the steering mechanism, we could on the mountain roads around Barcelona happy to observe that the MX-5 with hump is still a real fun machine. All in all the only thing that we can rub the RF compared to softtoptegenhanger, that the styles are very annoying when you just want to watch over your shoulder, for example, to change lanes (you adjust mirrors properly is so important), but also in practice more that you are suffering from turbulence when you open. In addition, let our test cars with the roof closed a lot of wind noise heard around the rijruiten.

The interventions aimed at increase comfort, however, seem not to have the least influence on the road handling, surely not on public roads. It is still a pleasure to the 2018 Mazda MX 5 RF the bend in to fling, while the controls feel perfectly as usual and both the 1.5 If the 2.0 SkyActiv-G let the revs themselves with pleasure in hunting. Only gives the (admittedly limited) meergewicht us in this case, however, a preference for the two litre, which 50 Nm more available (and earlier). But rest assured, the 1.5 is also perfect standing.

2018 Mazda MX 5 RF Conclusion Review

With the previous generation of the MX-5 65 percent of customers allegedly chose for the Roadster-Coupé, but we’re wondering if that ratio will be comparable with this RF. Except that the hard wegklapdak maybe more reassuring is for those who want to use MX-5 all year round, we see few benefits. The smooth hood of the regular version open manually requires not the least trouble, and then at least you have the advantage that the rear view is not impeded. Unless of course you falls for the separate look of the RF – or necessarily a 2018 Mazda MX 5 RF with automatic will – in other words, you can feel free to go for the classic version and the 2,500 euro you save, use so there are some weekends a couple out.

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2018 Mazda MX 5 RF Pros and Cons


  • Original, stylish look
  • Authentic driving pleasure safeguarded
  • Compromise comfort-handling


  • View backwards
  • More turbulence than Roadster
  • Additional cost t.o.v. Roadster

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