Exterior

Colours

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 is available in a choice of six colours – Artic White Solid, Eternal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Machine Grey Metallic, Polymetal Grey Metallic and Soul Red Crystal Metallic. Mica, Metallic and Pearlescent paint costs £550, while Mazda’s signature Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint is £790 with Machine Grey Metallic £670.

Proportions and boot

Aside from a 5mm increase in overall height, the Mazda MX-5 RF maintains the balanced proportions and award-winning Kodo: Soul of Motion design of the MX-5 convertible. Yet thanks to its power retractable hardtop and distinctive fastback style it is instantly discernable from the convertible. With unique looks roof up and down, the Mazda MX-5 RF is a new take on the 2016 World Car Design of the Year winning fourth-generation MX-5. Thanks to its exceptionally clever roof mechanism the Mazda MX-5 RF’s 127-litre boot ensures there is no luggage space compromise compared to the convertible.

Roof

The unique three-piece fully automated roof is operated at the touch of a button and is one of the fastest retractable hardtops on the market – opening or closing in just 13 seconds even when moving at speeds up to 6mph. The front and middle sections disappear along with the rear window glass while the fastback buttresses return to their external position to deliver a unique roof down style profile and look. To reduce weight the roof is made of three different materials – aluminium for the front section, steel for the middle and sheet moulding compound (SMC) plastic for the rear unit.  The black garnish trims that extend the door window lines into the buttresses are made of bioengineered plastic and do not require painting.

Safety

The Mazda MX-5 RF offers unparalleled levels of safety with a deployable active bonnet system for pedestrian protection and a lightweight, yet incredibly strong, SKYACTIV-Body. Front and side airbags are standard, and the side airbags feature a special bracket on the outside shoulder of the seat to protect occupants’ heads even with the top down. The passenger seat is equipped with anchors and a top tether for ISOFIX child seats. The RF also benefits from Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology.