RX-8 Is Wholelife Cost Champion | Part Three

The tax-busting price positioning of the two-car line-up means that even though CO2 figures put the models in the top 35% company car tax bracket the Mazda RX-8 is the tax-efficient choice for company car drivers enabling them to save hundreds of pounds against key competitors.

Mr McGonigle said: ‘The Mazda RX-8 is both aspirational and desirable from the perspectives of fleet decision-makers and company car drivers. Mazda has taken the fleet market by storm over the last two years and the arrival of the Mazda RX-8 takes the brand into another sector.’

Designed with both fun and functionality in mind the Mazda RX-8 with its 2.6 litre rotary engine is a high-performance sports car featuring a unique freestyle door system allowing easy access to the rear two seats with comfortable seating for four adults.

Standard equipment on both models includes 18-inch alloy wheels, ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags, climate control air conditioning and a BOSE Premium Audio sound system with nine speakers and a six CD auto-changer.

Model P11D value* RV PPM (fuel + SMR + dep)
Mazda RX-8 Coupe 192 £19,815 £9,641/49% 34.08
Toyota Celica 1.8 VVTLi £20,815 £8,203/40% 32.73
Vauxhall Vectra 3.2 V6 GSI £21,030 £5,707/28% 39.46
Subaru Impreza 2.0 WRX £21,315 £6,597/32% 39.98
BMW 320i SE £22,700 £9,378/42% 34.72
Vauxhall VX220 £22,810 £9,971/45% 34.13
Mazda RX-8 230 £21,815 £10,600/49% 35.04
Subaru Impreza 2.0 WRX £25,815 £8,525/34% 48.07
BMW 325i Sport £26,410 £10,615/41% 39.32
Lexus IS300 £26,515 £11,590/45% 41.57
Honda S2000 GT £26,820 £13,867/53% 34.70
Audi TT Coupe 1.8t quattro £26,620 £13,848/52% 39.24
Alfa Romeo 156 3.2 GTA £27,240 £9,250/34% 49.93
*P11D value is list price excluding VED and first registration fee.

Sources: Residual value figures, Glass’s Guide; PPM figures, Emmox.

Published 20 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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