Used Mazda RX-8 Coupe 2003 - 2011 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Ownership cost

2003 - 2011 review
Mazda RX-8 Coupe (03 - 11)
  • Mazda RX-8 Coupe (03 - 11)
  • Mazda RX-8 Coupe (03 - 11)
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Ownership cost

What used Mazda RX-8 coupe will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mazda RX-8 coupe?

Considering the amount of car you'll get for your money, there's not a lot in the coupe market that can touch it.

It's still not a car that everyone will be able to afford, however. The RX-8 cost well over £20,000 when new, and strong residual values, and the fact that the car has only been on sale since 2003, means that even the oldest used examples will still cost a lot.

Running costs can be crippling, too. While rotary engines are immensely powerful, they're also very thirsty. The 228bhp version returns just 25.2mpg, and the 189bhp car doesn't do much better with 26.7mpg. And, that's on paper - start to use anything like full power on a regular basis or spend a lot of time in town, and you'll see that drop to nearer 20 in the real world.

Insurance bills won't be cheap, either. The 189bhp car has a group 15 rating, while the 228bhp version is in group 16. Servicing isn't exactly cheap, but compare your maintenance costs to those of the Audi TT or Alfa GT, and you'll be quids in.