What's the used Mazda 2 like?
The Mazda 2's predecessor, the Demio, was a decent car in all but its drive. Not only was it no fun, but the ride was uncomfortable and unrefined. When Mazda replaced the Demio with the 2, though, the creases had been ironed out.
The 2 uses the same platform as the Ford Fiesta and it shows. The handling is impressively sharp and the steering is accurate, while the suspension provides good body control, albeit at the expense of a firm low-speed ride. Refinement is better than the Fiesta's.
Inside, space and practicality are better than you'll find in most other superminis. Three adults will fit comfortably on the rear bench, and they'll have plenty of head- and legroom, as well as a boot that's fairly big for the class, too.
The only real grumble you could have about the 2 is that cabin uses dull plastics.