Interior amenities of mainstream passenger cars are as important as the exterior looks itself, but it’s amplified inside a two-seater sports car like the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF. Everything in the cabin is in close proximity to you, which could go both ways for us car reviewers: either we notice the quirkiness easily or appreciate exemplary build quality.
Well, that’s what this interior review is all about, so read along for a closer look at the MX-5 RF Club Edition’s cabin and cargo space.
What you will like: High-grade materials used, excellent driving position, improved NVH insulation
As with most Mazdas, the MX-5 RF has a cabin quality that’s a cut above the rest of Japanese cars out there. There’s only a few hard plastics used and mostly on parts you won’t even notice. The use of piano black plastics are also minimal plus the cowhide-covered steering feels good to the touch.
The crown of the range-topping MX-5 Club Edition is its Recaro sports seats. The suede material is aesthetically pleasing, plus the tight-hugging bolsters will make sure that you won’t wiggle around when attacking corners. On the downside, though, those who have a large build would have a hard time adjusting but nobody’s surprise, really. As a daily car, the seats are quite comfortable to sit in even when stuck in hours of heavy city traffic. NVH insulation is, of course, noticeably better than its ragtop brother.
What you won’t like: Limited space, hampered rear visibility
Now, it’s no secret that the MX-5’s interior space is limited but to give you an idea, it’s an intimate affair for you and your front passenger because you’ll be rubbing elbows in some instances. The front passenger will also need to avoid a hump on the floor, so their foot-room is a bit of a squeeze.
Another oddity inside the MX-5 is the removable cupholders that can be found in between the Recaro seats. It’s right in front of the glove box and the DVD player, so you will need to remove the cupholders first before you could load in a disc. Annoying, yes, but one that you can easily dismiss.
Cargo volume with backrests folded: Not applicable
The cargo volume of the Miata ND isn’t indicated on its spec sheet, but you need to know that that the trunk won’t even fit a golf bag. So, if you’re a golfer and you’re eyeing the MX-5 RF for your next toy, then you might want to rethink that decision – unless you’re okay with your golf bag to ride shotgun.
However, for those who would be using the MX-5 for their weekend getaways, the trunk could serve its purpose as it can accommodate a small piece of luggage or around three duffle bags. What I find odd in the MX-5, though, is the lack of trunk switch in the cabin. You can access the trunk via a not-so-visible button at the back or through the trunk-opener of your key fob.
Now, imagine entering a carpark with tight security.