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Car reviews - Mazda - 323 - Protege 1.6 sedan

Overview

Dull it may seem, but the BJ 323 Protege is a fine small sedan anyway

Mazda logo29 Mar 2001

By STEVEN BUTCHER

AFTER a burst of styling creativity with the last series of 323s, Mazda has swung back to conservatism. The latest 323s are more anonymous to look at, but more practical cars that iron out the rough dynamic edges of their predecessors. Slightly shorter but roomier, they offer comfort where the previous range concentrated on kerbside appeal. Interior space, road performance and quality are all of a high standard. The 1.6-litre entry-level version is slightly reluctant on-road the 1.8-litre does a much better job.
Model release date: 1 September 1998 to 1 June 2002

Previous model

Mazda 323 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 5-door hatch and offering 1.8-litre 4-cylinder or 2.0-litre V6 power, the front-drive 323 remains a solid used car proposition.

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