Used Mazda Demio Hatchback 1998 - 2001 review

What is it like?

(1998 - 2001)
Used Mazda Demio Hatchback 1998 - 2001
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What's the used Mazda Demio estate like?

Lots of superminis built from the late-90s ownwards, even those with a tall, MPV-like design like the Demio's, were good fun to drive. This model, however, falls woefully short of the standards set by some of its rivals.

The handling is poor because the body leans too much in corners, the steering is stodgy, and the ride is just as bad. Bumps of all sizes jolt into the cabin and the lumpy motorway ride is accompanied by excessive amounts of noise.

That's all pretty damning, but the truth is, apart from that, the Demio isn't too bad. There's lots of head-, leg- and shoulder room in any seat and the interior quality is pretty good.

Although the boot isn't class-leading, you can increase its capacity by folding the split rear seat. But, unlike the Toyota Yaris's, those rear seats can't be lifted out completely.