What's the used Mazda 626 hatchback like?
There is nothing exciting or inspiring about a 626, but it will give years of dependable, efficient and inexpensive service.
It's not a looker, inside or out. However, that cabin is efficient, durable, reasonably well equipped and space is average for the class. The luggage area, too, is perfectly adequate; although, naturally, this hatch is more practical than its saloon sister.
The engines aren't bad, either - and they're positively good if your doctor recommends a steady-state-pulse kind of life. He or she won't approve of the stress caused on your spine by the firm ride, though.
And, ultimately, that's the real trouble with the 626 - after all its other qualities, the drive is a real let-down. The gearshift is inaccurate, the clutch hair-trigger and the throttle very sensitive. There's plenty of wind and road noise at speed, too.