Used Mazda 323 Hatchback 1998 - 2004 review

Category: Family car

Section: Ownership cost

Used Mazda 323 Hatchback 1998 - 2004
  • Used Mazda 323 Hatchback 1998 - 2004
  • Used Mazda 323 Hatchback 1998 - 2004
Used Mazda 323 Hatchback 1998 - 2004 review
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Ownership cost

What used Mazda 323 hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mazda 323 hatchback?

One advantage of the 72bhp, 1.3-litre petrol engine is that it comes with the lowest insurance rating - group 6. Don't worry about stepping up to the more powerful 87bhp 1.5-litre or the 98bhp 1.6-litre, however. They are only rated one group higher. Fuel economy isn't a big deciding factor between these engines, either. All three get close to 38mpg.

The larger 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrols offer reasonable 33mpg fuel economy, but insurance is pricier, with a group 10 rating. The best fuel economy comes from the two 2.0-litre turbodiesels, with figures varying between 48 and 55mpg. Insurance costs are reasonable, at group 7.