The Mazda 2 squares up against the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo in the supermini segment; formidable foes which ultimately win the race in sales, because they’re all consistently among the 10 best-selling cars in the UK.
The 2 isn’t without merit, though, offering one of the best infotainment systems in the business, snappy styling and excellent reliability.
So, why should you buy a Mazda 2? Here’s why we think it’s a good choice:
7 reasons to buy a Mazda 2
7. Running costs
While others such as the Hyundai i20 and Skoda Fabia might offer cheaper running costs still, the Mazda 2 has competitive C02 emissions – the diesel emits just 89k/km CO2 – and returned more than 50mpg in recent True MPG real-world fuel economy testing.
A decent amount of safety kit comes as standard on the 2; six airbags, traction control, hill hold control and tyre pressure monitoring are among the highlights. Opt for an SE-L trim car or above and you get automatic city braking as standard.
Entry-level spec cars are a little too basic, but next up SE-L trim is altogether more generous, with alloy wheels, electric windows all-round, cruise control and leather trim; it's our preferred pick.
4. Driving position
There’s a good adjustment range on the 2’s interior, including on the steering wheel and height adjustment on the driver’s seat. Overall, it’s on par with rivals in terms of comfort behind the wheel.
All of the engines in the Mazda 2 range are 1.5 litres, but the 89bhp petrol motor in the 90PS Skyactiv-G is the pick of the bunch. It’s a popular choice, and providing you’re not scared of a few revs, is nippy enough to manage with everyday travel.
If you go for the SE-L spec – which we strongly advise – you get a near-class-leading infotainment system, with a 7.0in touchscreen and rotary controller. It’s easy to navigate and intuitive, meaning you won’t get lost trying to navigate menus.
Mazda’s strong suit is its reliability record – the previous-generation Mazda 2 finished first in a total of 22 small cars for reliability, and Mazda placed fourth overall from 37 manufacturers in our What Car? Reliability Survey.
What about buying used?
Previous generation Mazda 2 cars can be picked up from as little as £3000, but a budget of around £5000 will get you a 1.3-litre petrol Mazda 2 Tamura, with five years under its belt and just over 41,000 miles on the clock. Tamura spec cars aren’t the highest spec, but balance a reasonable price with decent level of equipment.
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