The horsepower of the Wartburg is by 4 horsepowers bigger than the Mazda 323 II. As the difference is little it should not affect the vehicles performance extensively.
The Wartburg 353 has 74 mm longer wheelbase than Mazda. Thanks to this the Wartburg 353 is safer and has a better stability. Besides, longer wheelbase affects convenient and more comfortable riding.
Ground clearance is the space between the car body and the road. From these two cars, it is the Wartburg 353 Sedan which has 7 mm higher ride height than the Mazda 323 II Hatchback 1.1 54HP. For this reason the Wartburg 353 will deal better with rough terrain and high curbs in the city. One drawback is the higher ground clearance means a higher center of gravity, which can negatively affect the handling of the Wartburg 353 Sedan 1.3 58HP.
The Wartburg 353 is 7 % longer when compared to the Mazda 323 II Hatchback. The length of the vehicle is significant in respect of driving comfort and room in the trunk. The Wartburg 353 Sedan probably will be offering to it's passangers more space for legs. At the same time the Wartburg 353 Sedan 1.3 58HP will be better driven but the Mazda 323 II will be a little easier to park because of shorter length .
Number of doors
The three-door model of Mazda 323 II is easy to insert luggage into a boot, whereas four-door Wartburg offers more convenient getting into the car, more quiet interior at the expense of smaller boot lid.
If you are a tall man or you happen to carry in the trunk stuffs of big size, the Wartburg 353, which is by 113 millimeters higher than the Mazda 323 II, is better pick for you. However, compared cars do not vary much when it comes to its height and it should not be much observable.