What's the used Honda Accord hatchback like?
This is a car that hides its talents. Under that bland metal you'll discover revvy engines and a lovely chassis. It rides firmly but remains comfortable most of the time, although the Type-R is stiffly sprung.
It's also spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Even the cheapest S trim offers four airbags, anti-lock brakes, a full suite of electrical gadgets and air-conditioning.
Four Euro NCAP stars for protecting occupants in a crash and two for safeguarding pedestrians is a creditable score for a late-1990s model.
Wind noise is reasonable, but the engines work best when revved. The racket they make when you do that is attractive, but it may not be to your taste.
Driver comfort is excellent and there's plenty of room in the cabin, although space to stow odds and ends isn't over-generous.
Cars with sunroofs lose a couple of inches of headroom, which can spoil things for taller drivers. The boot is big but the suspension intrudes and restricts the width.