Mazda RX8 (2006)


Overall: 7/10
Performance: 8/10
Exterior: 7/10
Interior: 7/10
Comfort: 6/10
Sound: 7/10
Price: 10/10
Running Costs: 6/10

Mazda have used the rotary engine in the RX8 and it excels in the performance area. This particular model has 231HP rather than the smaller 192HP engine. 0-62mph in around 6 seconds. Very nippy car for the price and a lot of fun! One thing to note is that they aren’t the most reliable cars. If you turn the engineer off straight after you have revved it will flood the engine (wait 30 seconds).

Very unique shape to the RX8, a lot of triangle shapes symbolising the rotary engine. To go with the unique side it comes with suicide doors that you don’t see on many cars of this price. Overall I feel like this car is very attractive and can turn some heads!

The interior is a very nice place to be, with a 2-tone black and red leather interior. It feels like it has been put together very well. It feels very modern for the age of the car. One cool feature that I like is that you can change the dials from white to red depending on how you feel. Overall I cannot fault the interior!

For a sporty car the suspension isn’t too bad for a daily driver. Obviously it isn’t the most comfortable car in the world but really isn’t bad. The driving position is perfect and with the suicide doors there are no problems with passengers getting in the back.

The rotary engine produces a pretty decent sound. Revs up to 10,000rpm and sounds immense at the top! Very addictive!

Running Costs:
Insurance very good as it takes it as a 1.3 litre engine.
After 2006 tax is £500. I think before 2005 its £200-£300.
Servicing is pretty standard, not too expensive but not cheap.
Fuel isn’t great. Pushing 21mpg at times but usually 17-18mpg.

New: £26,000
6 years old: £5,000
10 years old: £1,000

Overall Verdict:
One of my favourite cheap cars out there and if the rotary engine was more reliable I would snap one up instantly. As the engine is only supposed to last 60,000 miles it is hard to get one with low mileage. Perfect sporty daily driver, just need to be a patient person when it comes to arriving at your destination.


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