What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It's cheap to buy and you'll get lots of kit

Against It looks a bit odd and the engines struggle

Verdict Useful space, but the Demio is a poor drive

Go for… 1.3 GXi

Avoid… 1.5 GSi

Mazda Demio Hatchback
  • 1. If the car has only been used for short trips, look at the exhaust carefully. It can rust through in just two years
  • 2. Some owners have reported a rattling sunroof, so keep an eye out for that on your test drive
  • 3. There's lots of head-, leg- and shoulder room in any seat and the interior quality is pretty good
  • 4. The cambelt needs to be changed after 60,000 miles or five years, so if the car is older than that, check it's been done
  • 5. The boot capacity isn't class-leading, but it can be increased by folding the split rear seat
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