Mazda RX-8 (03-10) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 14 Nov 2013
4
Mazda isn't afraid to do things differently - as the RX-8 proves. It breaks traditional coupe convention by having two rear-hinged doors to make access to the back easier plus it's powered by a unique rotary engine.

Mazda RX-8 (03-10)
Unique style, good performance, rear-hinged doors, four useable seats
Rotary engine needs to be worked hard and is thirsty as a result

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£21,500 - £25,995

Used price range:

£732 - £10,263

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Mazda isn't afraid to do things differently - as the RX-8 proves. It breaks traditional coupe convention by having two rear-hinged doors to make access to the back easier plus it's powered by a unique rotary engine. In terms of design it truly stands out - both inside and out - while the cabin is fairly practical too. There's enough room for two in the back and a half decent boot, making the Mazda a useable coupe. It's great to drive with well weighted steering and minimal body roll, however while the rotary engine sounds good, it has to be worked hard to get meaningful performance and lacks pulling power. As a result fuel economy is poor. In August 2008 a revised model - called the RX-8 R3, was introduced with sharper looks and uprated suspension while the lower power engine was dropped from the line-up.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

1 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 4 doors, good boot space, reliable if treated well.  

5 out of 5

Sam Handley ,   12 Dec 2014    ... read more

 Big boot, fast electric windows, speed-sensitive stereo volume.  

5 out of 5

Harry Sheppard ,   01 Dec 2014    ... read more

 For a sports car it is really very practical. Four adults fit in comfortably and the boot has a large 290 litre capacity. The suicide doors make moving large objects easy, when I moved flat I easily...  

5 out of 5

Christian O'Dwyer ,   15 Nov 2014    ... read more

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