Car reviews - Mazda - 323 - Astina SP20 5-dr hatch
The SP20 added style and 2.0-litre performance to the otherwise staid Astina hatch
13 Jul 2001
IF the current generation 323 has impressed us before with its good engine characteristics and vehicle dynamics, the facelifted version in Astina SP20 guise goes a step further. Armed with a gutsy 2.0-litre engine and a raft of mechanical enhancements, the SP20 delivers the goods that its body adornments and interior presentation suggest. That's not often expected in a class where image is everything. But it's certainly welcome.
Model release date: 1 February 2001 to 1 December 2003
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Mazda 323 Astina five-doorReleased: July 1994
Ended: September 1998
Family Tree: 323
Most of us are familiar with Mazda's sexiest 323 Astina, the BA model which appeared in 1994 and was replaced by an all-new, but more mundane looking 323 called the BJ in September 1998. A facelifted version appeared in February 2001, the same time as the SP20 version featured here.
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