3.3 out of 5 3.3
Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3

Likeable Mazda is feeling its age

Mazda 2 (15 on) - rated 3.3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £16,575 - £21,000
Lease from new From £197 p/m View lease deals
Used price £4,255 - £20,495
Used monthly cost From £106 per month
Fuel Economy 47.9 - 60.1 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £155
Insurance group 13 - 22 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Sharp to drive
  • Comfortable interior
  • Plenty of equipment

CONS

  • Not as practical as rivals
  • Infotainment system dated
  • No ‘hot’ version

Mazda 2 rivals

Written by Murray Scullion on

Is the Mazda 2 any good?

The Mazda 2 is a great little car with a tough job on its hands – namely, convincing UK car buyers to leave their Ford FiestasVauxhall Corsas and Volkswagen Polos behind in favour of a sharply-styled supermini from Japan.

Currently in its third generation, the 2 does things a little differently to most of its rivals. For a start, it eschews small-capacity turbocharged engines in favour of larger, less stressed engines. This helps boost real-world fuel economy – performing worse in official tests, but better in the driver's own hands.

The 2 competes with some of the UK’s most popular cars, and along with its aforementioned rivals it can also count the likes of the Renault ClioSkoda FabiaCitroen C3 and Parkers Award-winning SEAT Ibiza.

Read the Mazda 2 verdict

What's it like inside?

The cabin is feeling dated now, especially compared with the latest generation of rivals appearing on the market. The lack of a touchscreen, while easy to use on the move, does make it feel old.

At least everything feels well assembled and robust inside the 2. There are some nice touches on higher-spec cars with a strip of trim reaching across the dashboard and on the doors, matching the trim on the seats, although those who favour soft-touch plastics will be hard-pressed to find any.

The cabin is spacious enough for most, and the five-door-only body style means access is easy, however it's not quite as generous as a VW Polo or Skoda Fabia, while the boot has a narrow opening and high loading lip.

Read more about the Mazda 2 interior

What models and trims are available?

There are four trim levels to choose from. The cheapest is the SE-L, but don't think this is a bargain basement special. It still comes with useful features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sport adds larger 16-inch alloys, privacy glass, and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Next up is GT Sport. This includes a head-up-display and leather seats. Top-of-the-range is the GT Sport Tech. This takes everything from the other trims and adds blind spot monitoring, a 360 degree parking camera and adaptive LED headlights.

What's it like to drive?

This mostly depends on which engine you choose. There are three on offer, all of which are 1.5-litre petrols. They come with outputs of 75hp, 90hp, and 115hp. Even the most powerful of these isn’t exactly a hot hatchback, despite tidy handling and a pleasingly direct steering rack. Most rivals offer something with rather more zing.

A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard on all three engines, while a six-speed automatic can be fitted to everything bar the bottom spec SE-L and top-spec GT Sport Tech. We'd avoid the automatic because it feels old-fashioned and is less efficient than the manual.

Read more about how the Mazda 2 drives

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Mazda 2 including its practicality and how much it costs to run.

Mazda 2 rivals