Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The RX-8 doesn't have a Euro NCAP crash safety rating but it comes with plenty of standard safety kit including six airbags, traction control and stability control. On the security front there's an alarm, immobiliser and central locking.

The boot is quite useful with 290-litres of space (about the same as a Vauxhall Corsa) and will happily hold a weekends worth of luggage. The unusual rear-hinged back doors make access to the back somewhat easier but it's far from simple, not helped by the trailing seatbelt for the front seats. You'll also have to monitor oil consumption (checking every second time you fill up with fuel is recommended for the first couple of thousand miles) and ensure it's topped up.

The R3 model features an easier to access oil dipstick which is now on the top of the engine.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda RX-8 (03-10).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

40th Anniversary equipment

40th Anniversary standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
40th Anniversary optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

Evolve equipment

Evolve standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Evolve optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

Kuro equipment

Kuro standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Kuro optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim

Nemesis equipment

Nemesis standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Nemesis optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim

PZ equipment

PZ standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
PZ optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim