For This 1.3-litre engine suits the Mazda 2 1.3 84 Tamura well. Over TS2 trim, this special edition adds a sports styling kit, 16-inch alloy wheels and metallic paint.
Against Refinement is the 2's real weak spot, however, as too much road noise makes itself heard inside the car. Plus, the engine needs to be worked quite hard on the motorway.
What Car? says
The Mazda 2 1.3 84 Tamura is a tempting proposition over the TS2-trimmed car, but if you want a Mazda 2 with pace to match its sporty looks, dig deeper for the 1.5 Sport.
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Target Price team says:
You choose from four engines - two 1.3-litre petrols with 74- or 83bhp, a 101bhp 1.5 and a 94bhp 1.6-litre diesel. The smaller units are fine around town, but those who regularly venture onto the motorway will be better off with one of the bigger ones. In fact, if you regularly venture onto the motorway, you’ll be better off with another car altogether – the cabin is way too noisy at 70mph, and the harshness of the ride will drive you mad.
If you are set on a 2, avoid the entry-level TS trim. Not only does it miss out on air-con, it also misses side and curtain airbags. The T2 Air-Con model provides all these items for not much cash. TS2 models have alloys and steering wheel audio controls, while Tamura models add a sporty body kit. Sport models add climate and cruise controls, plus automatic lights and wipers.
Reader test team says:
I love this little car. I find it fun to drive and the 1.5 petrol engine means it has quite a bit of poke, even at high speed on the motorway. The…
This is my wife's car which I drive at the weekends and we both like the great handling direct steering and gear change roomy and comfortable…
Getting 62 Mpg, and I don't drive slowly. Handles superbly. A few minor squeaks in cabin only fault.
I've had the car 1 month and have done 2100 miles, it drives really well my previous car had a sixth gear which I am missing a bit with the sweet…