Space & practicality

Mazda 2 review

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Mazda 2
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5 Jan 2016 11:39 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 15:01

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Mazda 2 hatchback front space

Like most of its small car rivals the Mazda 2 offers a good amount of front space for two adults. There’s plenty of legroom for the long-of-leg to stretch out and even six-footers won’t find their heads against the ceiling. There’s lots of space around the shoulders, too.

The 2 also offers a spacious cubbyhole just ahead of the gear lever which is perfect for throwing your wallet, keys or phone into. Each front door has its own pockets with a usefully shaped end that will accept a water bottle. There’s also a cupholder and cubby beneath the armrest between the front seats.

Mazda 2 hatchback rear space

Like in the front seats, two adults will sit moderately comfortably, although taller passengers may find their knees resting against the front seat backs if those in the front are particularly tall themselves. Three adults across the rear seats will be a squeeze and the middle passenger has a raised tunnel to contend with.

Each rear door comes with a nicely positioned arm rest and the front seat backs have a pocket for storing books or maps. Unfortunately, though, there are no rear door pockets and ultimately the 2 is quite a way behind a Skoda Fabia or Honda Jazz for rear space.

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Mazda 2 hatchback seating flexibility

Like the driver’s seat, the front passenger’s seat comes with manual legroom, backrest and adjustment but misses out of height adjustment, which can’t be added as an option on any trim. Each rear seat comes with an adjustable headrest, though.

The rear seats can’t be split apart or folded on the entry-level SE 2, but from SE-L and above, the rear seats split 60/40 and can be folded flat to open up the cabin. The rear seat backrest cannot be adjusted any more than that – they are fixed in one position once upright.

Mazda 2 hatchback boot space

The 2’s boot isn’t its best asset; it's smaller than the Fiesta and the Renault Clio’s.

Fold down the 60/40 split rear seats and the space is still less than these same rivals. Unfortunately, folding the rear seats isn’t possible on entry-level SE cars. In those versions where it is possible to fold down the rear seats, the boot floor is not adjustable and there’s a large step in the extended load area created by the folded seats.

What’s more, although Mazda says the 2’s boot opening is wider and squarer than ever before, it’s still not the largest of apertures and you have to lift things into and out of the boot across an awkwardly high lip.

 

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