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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 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 Saloon
  • 1. Choose only the smartest, well-cared for examples and you should be looking at trouble-free ownership
  • 2. Watch out for dents, signs of over-spray and bodged repairs. Body parts can be expensive
  • 3. Suspension, axles, brakes and electrics are where potential trouble may lie, so inspect these closely
  • 4. The boot is a good size but the saloon isn't as practical as the hatchback
  • 5. We'd choose the lower-powered 113bhp motor - it's more than good enough for this car
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