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Car reviews - Mazda - 323 - Astina 1.6 5-dr hatch


Dull styling reveals a well-thought out small car that's proved justifiably popular

29 Mar 2001

MAZDA'S 323 Astina hatchback belongs to the new school of thinking that has swept though the Japanese company in the last few years. Eschewing the avant garde shapes of the early 1990s it tends towards the practical, "look, gaining in passenger space and comfort at the same time. The well-proven driveline and suspension systems are competent if not inspiring and the voluminous hatchback lines make it a totally different proposition to its slinky predecessor.
Model release date: 1 September 1998 to 1 June 2002

Did you know?

323 comes as the Astina hatchback and Protégé sedanThey are available both as a 1.6 and 1.8Astina and Protégé share the same wheelbase, width, height and front track

Previous model

Mazda 323 Astina BA

Released: July 1994
Ended: September 1998
Family Tree: 323

Mazda's 323 has been a familiar face since the 1970s and the sleek BA series was arguably the best looking ever. Available as a sedan or five-door hatch and offering 1.8-litre four-cylinder or 2.0-litre V6 power, the front-drive 323 remains a solid used car proposition.

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