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Used Rivals

7 May 2003

BUILT by Suzuki, it was superior to the Spanish-built SB that replaced it. Unique styling provided good interior space. The 1.3-litre engine put out reasonable performance and excellent fuel economy, but today it all feels hard riding and noisy. Still, it's reliable and durable.

THE Charade is one of the better looking hatchbacks of its time, with a reputation for reliability and economy. The CS has a 1.3-litre, 16-valve, fuel-injected engine putting out a strong 66kW. Performance is much better with a five-speed manual than the three-speed automatic.

MAZDA 121 4D SEDAN (1990-1997)
THE unusually styled four-door Mazda 121 has a combination of interior space, equipment, performance and road manners which make it excellent value for money. The fuel-injected, 1.3-litre, 16-valve engine offers good fuel economy and reasonable performance. It's the best car here by a fair margin.

THE Corolla, also sold as Holden Nova, has the traditional Toyota qualities of reliability and long life which make it one of the most popular hatchbacks. Overhead camshaft, 1.4-litre, 16-valve engine provides OK performance and economy. In this company comfort and refinement attributes are high.

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