Used Mazda 626 Saloon 1997 - 2002 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2002 review
Used Mazda 626 Saloon 1997 - 2002
  • Used Mazda 626 Saloon 1997 - 2002
  • Used Mazda 626 Saloon 1997 - 2002
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Which used Mazda 626 saloon should I buy?

There are three body styles in the 626 range - hatchback, saloon and estate - but this saloon is arguably the least practical of the bunch.

If this is just your cup of tea, though, for the perfect combination, we recommend you go for the less powerful (and cheaper) of the two 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. Mind you, even if it was, we wouldn't be able to put up with its rattling.

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.