In a segment as competitive as the small car class, manufacturers are under huge pressure to offer buyers fantastic value for money. In this respect, the Mazda 2 doesn’t get off to a great start because it looks expensive next to rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20 and Skoda Fabia. However, look beyond the brochure price, and the 2 has an extremely clean and frugal range of engines that help to reduce ownership costs. It’s also very well equipped, at least in SE-L trim and above. Basic SE is a little mean, but features air-conditioning. All versions have a great deal of safety equipment.
The Mazda 2 has traditionally been one of the most reliable small cars to grace the JD Power survey, too, which will be an important factor to people as they compare it against rivals in the crowded small car class.
It’s a decent small car, but there are cheaper alternatives that do as good, or better, a job in key areas.