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Mazda 323

Astina Car Review

NRMA Motoring Date: 1 May

For many years Mazda has had an reputation for producing some of the small to medium cars and the latest range of 323 model certainly carries on this earned tradition.

The current 323 series provides a comprehensive of vehicles, based on three different body shapes, should appeal to a wide of prospective car owners. The 323 Protege should satisfy those looking for a conservatively styled, car which offers excellent space for its class and good value. For those who desire a car a more ostentatious image, the 323 available as a five door and a four door hardtop, strikingly individual aesthetics a wide range of features and to choose from.

All up there are now model variations in the current 323 Protege sedans are available 1.6 or 1.8 litre DOHC 16 valve while Astina five hatchbacks and Astina four hardtops both come a choice of 1.8 litre DOHC 16 or 2.0 litre V6 DOHC 24 valve All variants are available with a four speed automatic or speed manual transmission. vary considerably, beginning at for a 1.6 litre Protege sedan a manual transmission and climbing to for an automatic V6 Astina 323 hardtop.

Two vehicles were provided by Australia for evaluation, a 1.8 litre hatchback with an automatic and a 2.0 litre manual Astina

Features and Equipment

The V6 Astina, in is equipped with an impressive of features as standard equipment.

At for the 1.8 litre automatic Astina power steering, central power mirrors, five radio cassette and power all come as standard items. available include air conditioning for an $1870 and a combined dual air bag and anti-lock brake package at $3,390. The 1.8 litre engine this vehicle is a DOHC 16 sequentially fuel injected which produces good power and torque figures of 92 kW (at rpm) and 160 Nm (at 4000 rpm) a displacement of 1840 cc on regular petrol.

The 2.0 litre manual hatchback tested currently at $38,270 and air conditioning is still a optional extra. Included in the price are a host of creature and safety related features as: driver and passenger air bags, 16 alloy wheels, central power steering, compact player, power mirrors, speaker radio cassette, fog and a rear spoiler. The 2.0 litre is a V6 configuration featuring 24 valves, camshafts and electronically controlled fuel injection to push out 104 kW or (at 6000 rpm) and 183 Nm of torque (at rpm) using regular petrol.

To complement the engines offered in the 323 Mazda has reworked both the speed manual transmission and the controlled four speed to improve the efficiency and smoothness of operation.

Body and Finish

impression of the Astina hatchbacks is of the teardrop-like styling which a very glamorous and sporty The distinctive, modern appearance of the does turn heads in which should help to the sting produced by the initial price.

The two test cars excellent finish standards and to detail which we have accustomed to expect from All body and trim components a reassuringly solid feel is expected to last quite The new body structure and use of sound materials do a good job of suppressing vibration and harshness.

Mazda claims that 85% of components in the 323 range may be easily and as well have produced parts using recycled

Comfort and Space

The new range of 323 do offer an improvement in occupant leg over the previous model, due to the low swooping roof line, is restricted in the rear seating In addition, the way the roof wraps can be a little claustrophobic and will the usually simple exercise of a child into a restraint in the seat quite difficult. In the Protege sedan is quite and much more suitable for use.

The Astinas provide for five, although due to the limited headroom, the rear seats are suited to children. The driver’s offers a front tilt and adjustment mechanism enabling a range of driving positions should please most All up the front seats provide support and were found to be on journeys of short and long

The available boot space in the is still quite small, access has been improved by the height of the lower loading On a positive note, Mazda’s to detail and use of space in areas as jack and tool storage is

Behind the Wheel

The instrumentation and in the Astinas have been arranged by the Mazda design to allow a clear view and operation from the driver’s Extensive vision has been by the generous glass areas wrap around the vehicle and the occupants.

Ample storage have been provided to the stowage of maps and small in door pockets, the centre glovebox and passenger side pocket. There is also a cup and sunglass box.

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Another new designed for convenience is the illuminated system. The interior courtesy will come on for a short of time after the driver’s has been unlocked or when the key has removed from the ignition to entry and exit at night.

On the

The 1.8 litre engine mated to the transmission proved to be quite a performer as the engine was willing to high in the rev range where power is achieved. However, the became rather noisy worked hard which was The 2.0 litre V6 Astina, on the other offers exceptional smoothness and throughout its operation.

The V6 engine responds well low revs right up to its redline of rpm, offering excellent in a very refined manner. The speed manual transmission and operated clutch are well and a delight to use.

The 1.8 litre was found to be a very capable all in terms of handling on varied surfaces and provided a reassuringly feel at all times. The 2.0 litre Astina is more of a sports package.

With its firmer 16 wheels and low profile tyres it has cornering grip and steering although, as expected, it rides a more harshly over and road corrugations.

Four discs take care of the on all 323’s in the current range virtually fade free and displaying predictable characteristics. The ABS fitted to the 2.0 litre Astina superior stopping power and pedal feel.

Summary

The current range of 323 vehicles is much more just a revamp of the previous Mazda has made giant leaps in providing three all new body shapes with new powertrains and a very impressive of features and options available.

The tested were very to drive, being quiet and reassuringly predictable road with a good blend of and economy.

In particular, the V6 engined sets new levels of refinement, and equipment levels in the small car leaving most other not even in the same ball

For those after a glamorously small car or an enjoyable driver’s car the new 323‘s will delight. The sedan offers good and value, while the Astinas the image, luxury and satisfaction from many small

Test vehicle supplied by Australia.

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