Whether you like the British seasons or not, there are four of them, each distinct, and they keep clicking around relentlessly. And as they do, the same things happen: we moan that it’s too cold or too hot, and regardless we carry on buying open-topped cars by the bucketload.
The Mazda MX-5 convertible is always a popular option, but try driving one any distance up the motorway, even with its roof up, and you’ll discover its hardly the quietest of cars, with a fair degree of road and wind noise breeching that canvas roof being the culprits.
So, to appeal to those who enjoy a blend of indulgent open-topped motoring with the option to put the roof up and relax, we now have this Mazda MX-5 RF. It’s like the regular convertible version, except it has an electrically operated retractable hard-top and extra sound insulation that are claimed to boost refinement and make it more of an everyday proposition.
However, it’s pricier than the soft-top MX-5, so is it worth the extra? Read on over the next few pages to find out.