Mazda2: Practicality points

  • Mazda‚Äôs load-lugging ability put to the test
  • Yet to have any major practicality issues
  • Only complaint is an overly small glove box

About two years ago I started collecting parts to build a new engine for a car that I owned at the time.

Typically, after I'd carefully selected and bought everything, my plans changed entirely.

So, the bits sat in the loft. Eventually I became tired of tripping over exhaust manifolds and watching new pistons corrode, so I bunged the whole lot on a specialist forum and sold it all.

The majority of the components weren't light or easy to package, so I arranged to take them all to a hot rod show to transfer them to the new owners.

I don't think Mazda intended people to transport heavy car parts in the Mazda2 but everything fitted in without any fuss and the car didn't seem negatively affected by the additional load.

With everything collected, it then occurred to me that I'd never really had any practicality issues with the Mazda2. That's quite a feat when you consider that one of the obvious potential drawbacks of a smaller car is the shortage of space.

For many that may well prove to never be a problem. You might not need to carry lots of luggage or passengers on a regular basis, so you could get away with a more compact car.

I occasionally run errands to collect things and frequently haul colleagues and friends about in the Mazda, however. Despite this, I've never come across an instance where something or someone hasn't fitted into it.

We've even used the Mazda as a camera car, with our photography Percy Lawman secured comfortably in the boot to take moving pictures of other test cars.

There are only two real criticisms that I have about the Mazda's practicality. Firstly, the boot has a very tall lip and quite a narrow opening. That meant when I put a pair of 25kg cylinder heads in the boot, lifting them out proved a little precarious and a bit of a hassle. We also had to chop Percy's arms off too, to get him in.

Only joking.

Secondly, the Mazda2's glove box is not particularly useful. It's split into two sections but neither can take particularly bulky items, like a sat-nav unit with mount on it. There's room for smaller odds and ends but it quickly becomes a tad annoying when you put something bigger in it and find it won't close.

On the other hand, I've never tried to fit a bike into it. The car's boot, that is, not the glove box.

Even I'm not that much of an optimist.

Current mileage: 7,903 miles

Average mpg: 46.5mpg