Just picked up my Mazda 2 1.5 Sport Petrol the other day, and am completely in love with it. The engine pulls very well, and is extremely refined and quiet at low speeds. Put your foot down and the car takes off. The fact that Mazda stripped 100kg off the weight of this car means that it is extremely eager and fast. 0-60 in 10.5 seconds. Even in this time, the ride is very smooth. The weight (or lack thereof) also makes it very frugal and fuel efficient. Having said that, the fuel tank is quite small, which means less money to fill it up, but you have to fill it more often. The gearbox has to be one of my favourite features of this car. The ratios are perfect, and the shift is very quick and short, which really adds to this cars sporty feel. The suspension is firm, but not bone-rattlingly so, you feel bumps, but it is still comfy. In practicality terms, the Mazda is quite good! The boot is a good size for that shopping, and there is plenty of space in the back for 2 adults, or 3 children. The standard equipment in this car is amazing, cruise control, climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, trip computer, auxiliary input into the stereo, which itself has 6 speakers. You cannot fault the equipment on this car. Inside, everything is built very well, and feels very durable. Maybe not the nicest plastics to touch, but you can tell that they will stand the test of time! This car really beats its rivals in price, reliability and equipment. Why buy anything else?
Craig Donoghue, Midlothian, November 19th 2011