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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The 626 is a hard-wearing, reliable family motor with a no-nonsense cabin

Against It's pretty dull to drive

Verdict It's puts dependability above everything else – it's all competence and no sparkle

Go for… 114bhp 2.0-litre petrol

Avoid… The 2.0 turbodiesel

Mazda 626 Hatchback
  • 1. Suspension, axles, brakes and electrics are where potential trouble may lie, so inspect these closely
  • 2. Watch out for dents, signs of over-spray and bodged repairs. Body parts can be expensive
  • 3. Choose only the smartest, well-cared for examples and you should be looking at trouble-free ownership
  • 4. The luggage area is very versatile, and the hatchback makes access easy
  • 5. Choose the 113bhp 2.0-litre version - this engine is more than adequate for the car
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