I decided to purchase a Demio because many people told me that Mazda builds reliable motors and I have found the Demio certainly lives up to its manufacturer's reputation.
Mazda's Demio is a small, economical motor, capable of comfortably seating 5 adult passengers, and able to take quite large loads of cargo if required - not something other motors in the same class can offer.
Outside the chunky looking Demio with its roof-rails and tall appearance make it resemble an off-roader rather than a family lift-back. However, as with most modern motors the fibreglass front and rear fenders are very weak, and are not able to withstand any impact. If you are considering purchasing a Demio, I strongly recommend that you ask for the solid black plastic fenders. These are much stronger.
The wide opening rear tailgate is very well designed and allows the loading of very large cargo. With the rear seats folded down there is as much room inside as a small van!
Inside the light coloured interior has a very solid feel to it, although it is a little hard to keep clean. The instrument cluster is well presented and easy to read. In the back, the rear seats side forward or backward to give passengers more room if desired. However, one drawback is that the Demio lacks a rear centre three-point seatbelt.
The fuel efficient 16 valve 1.3 litre engine gives plenty of power and is extremely quiet on the road.