Mazda 2 review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Mazda 2 in entry-level SE-L trim with the 74bhp engine comes in at roughly the same price as the equivalent Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. While the price ramps up rapidly from Sport and above, those trims come with a longer list of equipment to help justify it. 

With all of the kit on the higher trims comes a significant jump in price, though, so we’d recommend avoiding the top levels and sticking with SE-L with the 89hp petrol engine.

Reliability

Mazda as a brand did well in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing eighth out of 30 manufacturers. That’s above Skoda (12th) and Volkswagen (20th), and way above Ford, which finished down in joint 27th. 

For added peace of mind, all new Mazdas come with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty. That’s about the same as most of the 2’s rivals but some way short of the five-year unlimited mileage cover offered on the Hyundai i20 or the seven-year/100,000-mile cover on the Kia Rio.

Of course, you can extend the warranty on your Mazda 2 but that will add to the cost when you buy the car.

Safety and security

Entry-level SE-L Mazda 2s come with basic safety equipment, including hill-start assist and tyre-pressure monitoring, and if you go for the 89bhp engine, you also get automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance. Top-spec GT Sport Tech has a driver attention monitoring system, too.

Euro NCAP gave the Mazda 2 four stars out of a possible five when it was tested in 2015. However, the organisation’s tests have become more demanding since then, and the Fiesta (which achieved five stars when it was tested in 2017) rates as a safer car overall. Thatcham security rated the Mazda three stars out of five for its ability to resist being broken into.

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Mazda 2 2022 interior infotainment

Overview

The Mazda 2 has a reasonably plush interior and very economical engines, when it comes to real-world fuel economy. All but the basic trim level offers a reasonable standard of equipment, too. Yet these days it has been overtaken by much newer models. Rivals that include the Seat Ibiza offer more space, better handling, a more comfortable ride, and greater refinement.

  • Frugal economy in real-world driving
  • Infotainment system is easy to use
  • Even entry-level trim is well equipped
  • Refinement only average
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Pricey compared with rivals