Contrary to popular practice, Mazda has been penetrate the car marketplace by introducing a hatchback with phenomenal and unique design, namely the Mazda 323F.
Mazda was sold this car in the different name. In Japan, its sold as the Mazda Lantis, in Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand as the Mazda 323 Astina, in Europe as the Mazda 323F and in Columbia its well known as Mazda Allegro.
With a conservative appearance, this hatchback proves to be capable of being the attraction of buyers considering the hatchback in the early 1990’s were still occupied by a bit players such as Toyota Starlet capsules, Honda Civic Estilo, Daihatsu Charade CX/Winner and Suzuki Amenities.
Mazda Mazda 323F in great demand because it is used the pop-up headlights model where these lights can be opened and closed. Similar to the legendary Japanese car, Toyota AE86 and Nissan Silvia S12. At first, this car is more focusing their segment for the family, but thanks to its uniqueness, many young executives also chose it as their daily use car.
Mazda 323F Price and Specifications Review
Mazda Mazda 323F Exterior Review
As has been mentioned above, the design of the Mazda Mazda 323F is unique, thanks to the use of headlights with the pop-up model and the line on the back side. On the front, the design of bonnet tend to swoop to the top. This is combined with the medium distance between the bottom and the roof, making it unstable when its drove in the high speed (a bit not aerodynamic).
A small spoiler was mounted on the rear. Although it looks small, but this spoiler able to provide enough force down force which is useful when a car is running in fast speed.
Mazda 323F Interior Review
Unique design of Mazda 323F only exist on its exterior stuffs. Because there is nothing special when you get into the cabin. The design of the dashboard used still looks stiffs just like the other 1990’s hatchback in general. There is no special features that is present and able to make you say “wow”.
The good news is, there are some important features that it brings like tilt steering, seats, adjustable stereo system four speakers, central door lock, electric mirrors, variable intermittent wipers and. Some rare models had pinned a sunroof as standard package. Unfortunately, the digital tachometer like Mazda Interplay is not yet present on this car.
Talk about its comfort, Mazda 323F able to accommodate up to five passengers. Headroom and legroom for front passenger is quite representative, but does not apply to the back seats. The second row seats and rear cabin space only appropriate and comfortable if its hold two passengers – its getting crowded if occupied by three passengers.
Go to the luggage capacity, you can bring a lot of stuff because of the trunk capacity is large, though still as large as Mazda Interplay. If it is considered not enough, you can fold the rear seat by a ratio of 60:40 so that its capacity to become much larger. Backup wheel are placed at the bottom of the trunk and closed down a piece of plywood which is pretty solid.
Mazda 323F Engine Performance Review
In the process of Mazda 323 development, they never compromise with the engine performance. The engine used for the Mazda 323F having capacity of 1.8 litres (1800cc) are clearly capable of delivering the good power and strong torque more than offered by its competitors. Technical data mentions that there are engine under the hood of Mazda 323F that is able to give power up to 102 HP at 5,500 RPM and peak torque of 150 Nm at 4,000 RPM. Its also having great ability to accelerate, where the speed of 100 km/h can be achieved in only in 13.5 seconds.
Cruising on the open road using five transmission is very easy, even when climbing the hill that has a low degree of steepness. If you want to feel the beat of the great torque, use the 3rd gear to produce 4,000 RPM engine rotary. You will significantly feel its beats!
Performance of transmission also good. But because its classic car you might feel a bit difficult to switch the transmission – this hatchback has aged more than 30 years since it was first introduced.
Mazda Mazda 323F Impression and Handling
Mazda Mazda 323F is really comfortable to drive. The steering wheel as the standard factory settings has a pretty good performance during the maneuver, because it has been equipped with the power steering.
Its also have relatively comfortable suspension, when passing through the road surface which is less flat, shocks inflicted was able to be absorbed properly. In addition, the noise and vibration of the machine inside cabin also can be reduced properly.
But there is one thing you should take note, Mazda Mazda 323F has the size of frame glass that is larger than other cars. Especially the rear frame that are bent towards the rear passengers. When the weather is sunny, the heat of the sun quite noticeably into the cabin. Therefore, cabin cooling system and good quality glass films are mandatory equipment that you should check carefully before buying this car.
Mazda 323F Specifications
- Engine: 1.8 litre (1800cc) injection inline 4 cylinders 16 valves SOHC.
- Maximum power: 102 HP @ 5,500 RPM.
- Peak torque: 150 Nm @ 4,000 RPM.
- Fuel consumption: 8-10 km/L (in the city), 10-13 km/L (outside the city).
- Transmission: Manual 5 accelerations.
- Suspension: Front and rear using McPherson independent strut.
- Competitors: Toyota Starlet EP82, Suzuki and Honda Civic Amenities Estilo.
- Sales: 1990-1995.
Mazda Mazda 323F Secondhand Price
Mazda Mazda 323F used or secondhand price range is between 3.000 up to 4.500 US dollaar. As for the condition of the units with production year of 1994 and 1995 there was a price that reaches 6.50o US dollar.
Mazda 323F Pros
- Fast acceleration.
- The engine is responsive.
- Convenient and comfortable.
- Stable at high speeds.
- Luggage capacity is large.
Mazda 323F Cons
- Fuel consumption raised when you drive it at high speed
- Engine overheat
- The cabin is narrow.
- Rare and pretty expensive spare parts.
So, that is a full review of the specification as well as the pros and cons of the Mazda 323F. Overall, Mazda has successfully introduced the sporty hatchback to the market. The bad things is availability of spare parts which is rare, make it hard to compete with its competitors.