Used Mazda 2 Hatchback 2003 - 2007 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2007 review
Mazda 2 Hatchback (03 - 07)
  • Mazda 2 Hatchback (03 - 07)
  • Mazda 2 Hatchback (03 - 07)
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Which used Mazda 2 hatchback should I buy?

At launch the 2 came in S, TS, TS2 trim levels. S models provide a driver's airbag, deadlocks, remote central locking, power steering and an alarm. TS models added electric windows and TS2 models added alloys, electric mirrors, anti-lock brakes and air-con. A Sport model got similar kit to the TS2.

It all changed in May 2004, though. The TS and TS2 trims were renamed Antares and Capella and the Sport model was binned.

There's a decent range of engines to choose from. The 74bhp 1.25-litre and the 79bhp 1.4-litre petrols are good enough in town, but need to be worked hard elsewhere. The 1.6 gives 100bhp and feels suitably more punchy, but the 1.4-litre turbodiesel has only 68bhp so it's no powerhouse.

Of all the various combinations, we'd go for the cheapest 1.25 engine, which comes with S trim, because it'll cost you the least to buy and it's cheap to run.