Mazda 2 review


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Mazda 2 2018 dashboard
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Driving position and dashboard

There’s a good range of adjustment to the seat and steering wheel, including height adjustment on all versions, so even tall drivers should be able to get comfortable. 

Electric seats aren’t available on any of the trims, but that’s in line with most of its rivals. The pedals line up nicely with the driver’s seat, too, for a comfortable driving position. 

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

The windscreen pillars are relatively slim and the side windows large, so your vision forwards and to the side is pretty clear. Rear visibility is less generous, as the 2’s sloping roofline and styled rear combine to result in a smaller-than-average rear screen. Rear parking sensors aren’t available as an option on the two lower trims, but they are standard on SE-L Nav+ and above, while range topping GT Sport+ models have a rear-view camera, too. 

Mazda 2 2018 dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

One of the 2’s best features an impressive infotainment system that’s available on SE-L Nav+ versions and above. You can control the system using the 7.0in touchscreen, which is responsive but does have some fiddly icons. More intuitive is the large, conveniently positioned rotary controller that sits between the front seats, which can be used to scroll through the various options. It’s much less distracting and makes it simple to use on the move. Entry-level cars make do with a simple monochrome display that you control via rotary dials and buttons, and it can’t be upgraded.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available as a £350 option on SE-L Nav+ and above. 


Soft-touch materials on the dashboard feel surprisingly classy while the leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob sit nicely in your hands. Some other bits of the interior feel lower-rent, though, including the scratchy plastics in the storage area by the gearlever, and the fake carbon-fibre on the inside of the doors.

GT Sport Nav+ gets a choice of different interior finishes, including black or stone leather inlays, which give it a much more enticing and upmarket feel. 


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