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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Mazda 323 (98-03) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Practical, spacious, reliable

CONS

Bouncy ride, poor instrument layout

At a glance

New price £9,980 - £16,295
Used price £165 - £1,445
Fuel economy 31 - 55 mpg
Road tax cost £160 - £325
Insurance group 11 - 21 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Practical, spacious, reliable

CONS

Bouncy ride, poor instrument layout

Mazda 323 rivals

The modern 323 should have been more popular, but its lack of image and Mazda's relatively low profile on the British market hindered its acceptance. Plus points are good reliability and build quality and a roomy, well equipped cabin. It's also pleasant to drive, especially with the lively but refined 1.8 and 2.0 engines. Used values tend to be high - shortage of stock means that prices tend to hold up better than average in the small family sector.

Mazda 323 rivals