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Car reviews - Mazda - 121 - Metro 5-dr hatch

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23 Feb 2001

Mazda has given its Metro a new, corporate look with a new front end bearing the latest Mazda symbol

The instrument panel has also been updated to give a classier look

Front and rear bumper profiles are also new

The 121 Metro is available with a 1.3-litre or 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine

The 1.5-litre, 16-valve, single camshaft engine develops 64kW at 5500rpm and 128Nm of torque at 3500rpm

Metro is available with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission

Entry level versions of the car get a 1.3-litre engine that develops 53kW and 107Nm of torque

Both the 1.3 and 1.5-litre engines have been improved to boost torque at low to middle speeds

The MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion bar rear suspension have been carried over from the previous car

The suspension has been revised to improve handling and stability

Power-assisted rack and pinion steering is standard on both Metros

Ventilated disc brakes are used at the front, drums at the rear

The 1.5-litre Metro comes with 14-inch wheels and full wheel covers

The Metro's unusual "mini people" shape allows four adults to be seated in comfort

All seats can slide back and forth

The rear seat is split and can be folded forward to maximise load space

The car's large doors and high seating position make it easier to get in and out

A driver's side airbag is standard

Three cupholders are built into the centre console

Mazda claims the spacious cabin allows full-size, large-car seats to be used in the front

The Metro shares its chassis with the "bubble" 121. It rides on the same wheelbase and is the same length as the older model

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