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Used Mazda 626 Estate 1997 - 2002 review

Our recommendations
(1997 - 2002)
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Which used Mazda 626 estate should I buy?

This estate has a longer wheelbase and higher roof than its hatch and saloon sisters. But, even though it's a bigger car, we recommend you go for the less powerful (and cheaper) of the 2.0-litre petrol engines. The 113bhp motor is just as refined as the 136bhp version and does a decent enough job of hauling the 626 around.

By comparison, the 90bhp 1.8 petrol just hasn't got enough grunt, and even the 99bhp 2.0 turbodiesel isn't up to the job. Even if it was, it's too rattly for our liking.

There was a face-lift in early 2000, but you'd struggle to notice it, so don't worry about desperately trying find the newer car. However, for the record, it brought in a new grille, redesigned tail-lights and a two-tone interior, while the Sport model gained black wood inserts, two-tone leather wheel and white dials.

All models do well for kit and most have air-con, four airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control.

Which used Mazda 626 estate should I buy?

This estate has a longer wheelbase and higher roof than its hatch and saloon sisters. But, even though it's a bigger car, we recommend you go for the less powerful (and cheaper) of the 2.0-litre petrol engines. The 113bhp motor is just as refined as the 136bhp version and does a decent enough job of hauling the 626 around.

By comparison, the 90bhp 1.8 petrol just hasn't got enough grunt, and even the 99bhp 2.0 turbodiesel isn't up to the job. Even if it was, it's too rattly for our liking.

There was a face-lift in early 2000, but you'd struggle to notice it, so don't worry about desperately trying find the newer car. However, for the record, it brought in a new grille, redesigned tail-lights and a two-tone interior, while the Sport model gained black wood inserts, two-tone leather wheel and white dials.

All models do well for kit and most have air-con, four airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control.