What's the used Mazda 323 hatchback like?
Here's a car that can fulfil the family-car role and still be fun to drive. The 323 suffers from very little body roll, so it's plenty of fun on a twisty, country road. Although the steering may feel too light for some tastes, it's precise and accurate.
Town driving isn't quite so much fun, though, as the suspension is too firm.