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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 44 - 68 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Mazda 2 running costs work out pretty well. It holds onto its value better than most other small cars. There’s strong demand as it’s well equipped, stylish, good to drive and reliable. All three engines return good fuel consumption for their size, while low CO2 ratings help to keep road tax down. Mazda servicing is generally reasonable and insurance costs are in-line with similar models.

Mazda 2 emissions are nice and low. The 2 bucks the trend of small cars getting bigger and heavier. It's almost 100kg lighter and 40mm shorter than the car it replaced. It translates into much lower emissions and better fuel economy. The 1.6-litre diesel is the greenest, emitting just 110g/km CO2, and is therefore cheap to tax, plus it offers 67.3mpg average economy.

The 1.3-litre is capable of 56.5mpg and emissions of 115g/km, while the 1.5-litre comes in at 49.6mpg and 132g/km - all respectable figure for a car of this size. The 1.4-litre diesel was ditched in October 2010.

There shouldn’t be much to worry about regarding Mazda 2 reliability. The firm has a strong reputation for reliability and there's no reason to believe the 2 will be any different. There were no major problems reported by owners of the previous model.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £165
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Insurance group 9 - 16
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