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Overview:

Mileage: 3,304
Trans: Manual
Body: Convertible
Year: 18/67
Colour: Special metallic - Machine grey
Fuel Type: Petrol

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Key Features

Reference Number: M29-521592

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Specification

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Specification
Body Glass
Electric front windows/one touch facility
Rain sensing front wipers
Brakes
ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
Communication
Integrated bluetooth with steering wheel mounted controls
Driver Aids
PAS
Cruise control + speed limiter
Rear parking sensor
Lane departure warning system
Hill hold assist
Driver Convenience
Remote boot release
Engine start/stop button
Driver Information
Satellite navigation system
Trip computer
Water temperature gauge
7" touchscreen with multimedia commander
Driving Mirrors
Piano black door mirrors
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Electrically heated door mirrors
Embellishment Trims
Black vinyl leather dashboard panel
Entertainment
9 speakers
Bose Premium Audio system
USB/iPod connection
MP3 compatible radio/single CD player
DAB Digital radio
Auxiliary input socket
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers
Dual exhaust pipes
Electrically operated body colour retractable hard top
Exterior Lights
Automatic headlamp levelling
Adaptive front lighting system
Dusk sensitive headlamps
LED daytime running lights
Coming/leaving home lighting function
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Climate control air conditioning
Interior Features
Cupholders
Front centre armrest
Leather steering wheel
Lockable rear storage box
Centre console storage box
Leather gear knob
Leather handbrake lever
Windblocker
12V socket
Body coloured inner door trims
Safety
Side airbags
Fasten seatbelt reminder
3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners
Passenger airbag deactivation system
Dual front airbags
Tyre pressure monitor
Seats
Heated front seats
Sports seats
Height adjustable front seats
Tilt/slide reclining front seats
Front head restraints
ISOFIX front passenger seat child seat compliance
Security
Deadlock
Remote central door locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser
Smart keyless entry
Transmission
Limited slip differential
Wheels - Alloy
16" Gunmetal alloy wheels
Wheels - Spare
Tyre puncture repair kit

The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.

Features

Ten Second Review

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. More power for the 2.0-litre version is the finishing touch.

Background

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.

Driving Experience

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 132PS engine or an uprated 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.

Design and Build

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.

Market and Model

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 £22,500 for the entry-level 'SE-L Nav+' variant fitted with the base 1.5-litre 132PS 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 £24,000 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 nearly £28,000, which some might feel is a little too much for any MX-5. Options are limited to mica, metallic or pearlescent paint, plus on 'Sport 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.

Cost of Ownership

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 156g/km. If you go for the lesser 1.5-litre model, those figures improve to 47mpg and 143g/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?

Electric front windows/one touch facility, ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution, Integrated bluetooth with steering wheel mounted controls, PAS, Remote boot release, Satellite navigation system, Auto dimming rear view mirror...

Performance

Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)8.6
Engine Power - BHP131
Engine Power - KW96
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM7000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT111
Engine Torque - MKG15.3
Engine Torque - NM150
Engine Torque - RPM4800
Top Speed126

Go Green

Green Stats
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)142 (g/km)
HC+NOxN
ParticlesN
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg)46.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
EC Extra Urban (mpg)57.6
EC Urban (mpg)34.9

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