What's the used Mazda 626 estate like?
There's nothing exciting or inspiring about a 626, but it will give years of dependable, efficient and inexpensive service.
It's certainly not a looker, inside or out. However, that cabin is efficient, durable and reasonably well equipped, and space is average for the class. The luggage area, too, is perfectly adequate, and this estate version makes a fine family holdall.
The engines aren't bad, either - and they're positively good if your doctor recommends a steady-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.