Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Despite its small dimensions, the Mazda 2 offers plenty of space for two adults in front. There’s enough leg and elbow room, and even six-footers won’t find their heads against the roof lining.
In terms of interior storage, there’s couple of cup-holders that are big enough for a large takeaway cup, as well as a cubbyhole ahead of the gearlever for throwing small items into, although it’s not wide enough to take a modern smartphone – you’ll have to put that in one of the door bins.
Adults will find rear leg room a little tight, and those who are taller than average may find their knees resting against the front seat backs. Head room isn’t especially generous, either. The rear seat is more comfortable for two adults than three – shoulder room is tight and the middle passenger has a raised transmission tunnel to contend with.
The sweeping rear windows restrict the view out, making it feel slightly dark and claustrophobic. There are plenty of cars that offer more rear space, including the Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza and VW Polo.
Seat folding and flexibility
The driver and front passenger seats both have manual backrest and fore-and-aft adjustment and all trims offer a height-adjustable passenger seat, too.
The rear seats don’t offer any sliding or reclining ability, but that’s not unusual in the small car class. They can be split and folded in a 60/40 configuration, though.
The 2’s boot isn’t its greatest asset; it's smaller than those of the the Fiesta and Polo, and especially the cavernous Skoda Fabia. It doesn’t have the largest of apertures, either: its curved corners make loading bigger items awkward and there’s an inconveniently high lip over which you must lift things in and out.
Fold down the 60/40 split rear seats and the extended space created is still smaller than rivals can muster. The boot floor isn’t adjustable for height, either, so you can’t create a segregated compartment for delicate items, and there’s no way to remove the large step that forms when the seats are folded. This makes it tricky to slide heavy items in.