Practical, spacious, reliable
Bouncy ride, poor instrument layout
The modern 323 should have been more popular, but its lack of image and Mazda's relatively low profile on the British market hindered its acceptance. Plus points are good reliability and build quality and a roomy, well equipped cabin. It's also pleasant to drive, especially with the lively but refined 1.8 and 2.0 engines. Used values tend to be high - shortage of stock means that prices tend to hold up better than average in the small family sector.