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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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23 reader reviews for Mazda 2 Hatchback.
  • 1.6 Capella 5dr

    John Ashford , West Midlands . Date: 05/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My car is actually a Mazda 2 Sport, similar to Capella 1.6. It could be very good but, contrary to your findings, it is rather uncomfortable.

    The ride is hard, even small road surface irregularities being transmitted.

    Worst problem is with the rear seat belts which ratchet back until they imprison the wearer. All Mazda 2s that I have tried are the same.

    Additionally, a new PAS pump was required at 3000 miles approx.

    The dealer threatened to charge me for wasting his time when I mentioned the seat belt problem.

    Because of this seat belt problem, I would not recommend the car.

  • 1.4 Capella 5dr

    Francis Mason , Wiltshire . Date: 05/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We took delivery of a Mazda 1.4 TS2 with Auto-Shift Manual transmission from a main dealer in December 2003 having also considered the Honda Jazz and the Vauxhall Meriva.

    After one year and some 7000 miles we are still convinced we made the right decision - the dealer was extremely helpful, running costs including the first service are low and the car appears to be well put together with so-far 100% reliability.

    We are both in our seventies so the ease of entry/exit and the high and comfortable seating are important whilst the semi-auto transmission takes the strain out of every day driving and gives the best of both worlds. Having said that the car is a great drive with bags of grip from the 195 tyres, albeit at the expense of some road noise,virtually no body roll and good feedback through the steering giving the driver a feeling of confidence in all conditions complimented by a comprehensive safety package.

    The 1.4 engine has to be worked fairly hard if rapid progress is required but is more than adequate for our type of motoring when it is reasonably quiet and refined and so far is returning some 40mpg overall in both semi-manual and automatic.

    The only minor gripes are an audio/clock display which is difficult to read in bright daylight and a locking fuel cap which is fiddly to use when in a hurry.

    Altogether we are pleased with a great little car which I would be happy to recommend.

  • 1.4 Capella 5dr

    Andrew Sykes Date: 03/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After long deliberation, we chose this car over the Honda Jazz, and haven't regretted it.

    The ride is so much better than the chattery offering of the Honda, with the seats and the high driving position adding up to a very comfortable car.

    The steering is very direct, but the height gives an impression of extra lean through corners, though it never drifts off line. The whole thing fells very well screwed together, but the doors "clang" rather than "clunk".

    Children and associated belongings are swallowed with ease, whilst the bad back is accomodated by easy entry and exit.

    The only sour note is my slightly disappointing fuel economy - a mainly urban result of around 35mpg is pretty good in relative terms, but doesn't compare to the quoted figures of the best of the rest. This is probably a result of having to work the multi-valve engine quite hard at times - whilst never intrusively noisy, the engine has to be kept spinning in order to maintain momentum.

    Overall, an excellent buy with which we have been very pleased during six months of ownership.

Mazda 2 Hatchback

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