What’s the Interior like in the 2023 Mazda MX-5 RF?
The Mazda MX-5 RF comes as standard with cloth sports seats, which are manually adjustable, quite comfortable and have pretty decent quality speakers in the driver’s headrest, allowing for a comfortable topless audio experience. These actually work quite well for phone conversations. The GT spec above the base comes equipped with heated leather seats, which can be optioned in a tan colour.
Apart from the black cloth seats, material quality is quite good around the cabin, especially in high-touch areas with soft leather armrests, some faux-carbon fibre details, and soft plastic used throughout, which helps soak up road noise and vibrations. The steering wheel has a nice firm feel and looks great with the black leather and white stitching. Up ahead we have a bright and simple analogue gauge cluster with a large tachometer in the centre, a perfect fit for what is essentially a driver’s car. We do get a small digital display on the left side of the cluster which has a few menus, and a small speedometer on the right-hand side.
While the MX-5 is obviously a very small car, the “MZD Connect” infotainment display is still disappointingly micro in nature at 7 inches; it works well with wired Apple Carplay and Android Auto, though it certainly isn’t the brightest or most high-definition display we’ve used. It is a touch-screen unit, though one “quirk” is that you can’t use the touch capacity while the car is moving! All control of the infotainment is relegated to the “command knob” which can be used to navigate the menus and even type, which is a fairly clunky experience, to be honest.
Climate controls are showing their age in terms of the control knobs, though we admit that they are still extremely functional and intuitive, and apart from the looks, we can’t criticize them much at all. Connectivity is adequate with 2 x USB-A ports, an auxiliary port, no wireless charger, and very limited storage for the latest iPhone models. Overall the tech inside the MX-5 is starting to feel a bit long in the tooth and may be in need of a refresh.
Practicality, while not being the name of the game in a sports convertible, is acceptable inside the cabin, with a large storage area behind the two removable cup holders capable of holding fairly large items and a small bag, and a small storage area for sunglasses and other small items inside the centre armrest.
Overall, the 2023 Mazda MX-5 RF is still decently packaged inside, for a base model. It still has a strong identity as a fun, driver-oriented car, though with more and more people choosing to daily drive the MX-5, a bit more inclusion in terms of comfort features and updating the infotainment system will go a long way in the near future.