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:

£811 - £11,066

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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...

 The back seats access via the suicide doors is fantastic. The kids love it and people are surprised at how roomy it is.  

5 out of 5

Simon Gray ,   31 Oct 2013    ... read more

 The rear doors. As there are no pillars you can fit a lot in - I have carried a full five piece drum kit with room to spare!  

3 out of 5

Tim Ray ,   03 Sep 2013    ... read more

 Four comfortable, useable seats and a decent sized boot in a stylish sports coupe, nothing else like it.  

5 out of 5

Rannie Nahas ,   10 Aug 2013    ... read more

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