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Used Mazda 626 Hatchback 1997 - 2002 review

Ownership cost
(1997 - 2002)
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What used Mazda 626 hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mazda 626 hatchback?

If you're sold on the idea of anonymous but practical, trustworthy family transport, the low sticker price on the 626's windscreen will scream out at you from the forecourt.

It's also likely to be cheap to run. Even if you end up with a (rare as hen's teeth) rogue one, you should be okay. Mazdas are among the very cheapest cars to fix, according to Warranty Direct. And, when the routine services come around every 9000 miles/12 months, they're reasonably priced, even at franchised dealers.

All models will be wallet-friendly at the pumps, too. The three petrol engines should average mid-30s to the gallon with sensible, everyday use and the turbodiesel is capable of nudging 50mpg.

Insurance renewal won't drain your bank account, either. The 1.8 is cheapest at group 8, and the turbodiesel is in group 9, one below our favoured 113bhp 2.0 petrol. The more powerful 2.0 sits in group 13.