Used Mazda Demio Hatchback 1998 - 2001 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

1998 - 2001 review
Used Mazda Demio Hatchback 1998 - 2001
  • Used Mazda Demio Hatchback 1998 - 2001
  • Used Mazda Demio Hatchback 1998 - 2001
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Which used Mazda Demio estate should I buy?

There's a simple choice of two engines: a 63bhp 1.3-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre petrol that knocks out a slightly healthier 74bhp. As you'd expect, the 1.5 is a little quicker, shaving a second off the smaller engine's 0-60mph sprint time. However, both feel too sluggish in just about any situation, so save your money and stick with the cheaper 1.3.

The 1.3 comes in three trims - Standard, LXi and GXi. All cars made before 2000 were in Standard trim and came with power steering, alloys, electric windows, driver's airbag and electric sunroof. After 2000, LXi became the base, with power steering and a height-adjustable driving seat. GXi models added central locking, an alarm and electric windows, but for our money, LXi is the best combination of kit and cost.

The 1.5 comes only in GSi form. You'll get an electric sunroof, remote central locking and anti-lock brakes but, as we say, it's not worth the expense.

However, the latest 2001 models all came with remote central locking, twin front and side airbags and anti-lock brakes as standard, so they're worth looking out.