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Mazda 323 Hatchback review

1998 - 2003 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £9,840 - £16,195
Used prices £551 - £2,214
Road tax cost £200 - £395
Insurance group 11 - 21
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 375 - 665 miles
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Pros & cons


Practical, spacious, reliable


Bouncy ride, poor instrument layout

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.