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Which Mazda 2 is best for me?

If you’re on a budget, the 75hp Mazda 2 in a lower trim level will suit most, with the highest claimed fuel economy. However, even the 90hp model has the same economy figures, so if you make the jump it may be worth it for the extra flexibility it offers.

For company car users, the 75hp model offers lowest BIK costs, but if you’re up and down the motorway or just in the car a lot, it may be worth paying the small amount extra for the 90hp version.

The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer any kind of performance variant, so you’ll have to make do with the 115hp top-spec model if you want the quickest out there. At least you get it in a higher-spec trim that at least looks like a faster version.

Mazda 2 model history

  • January 2015 – New Mazda 2 launched in SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav trims, with a choice of 75, 90 or 115hp 1.5-litre petrol engines and a 105hp 1.5-litre diesel. The 90hp engine also comes with a choice of automatic gearbox, while all others are manual as standard. It also launches with a Sports Launch Edition trim.
  • August 2015 – Sport Black special edition launched, powered by 90hp 1.5 engine. Available in red or white exterior colours, it adds black front and side skirts, black spoiler and chrome exhaust trim. It also gets some extra kit over SE-L Nav on which it’s based.
  • July 2016 – Mazda 2 Red Edition added to the range, based on 90hp SE-L Nav and limited to 400 orders. Comes in white or black exterior paint with red trim to the spoiler and rear bumper trim, while inside the seats are red with matching door inserts.
  • April 2017 – GT and GT Sport models added to the Mazda 2 range, sitting at the top of the line-up. GT Sport comes exclusively with the 115hp engine. Tweaks have been made elsewhere to improve driving and refinement, while the diesel is no longer available.
  • March 2018 – Mazda 2 Sport Black model added to the range, limited to 500 models, while the rest of the range is updated – made up of SE+, SE-L+, SE-L Nav+, Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+ trims. Tweaks made to standard kit levels of particular trims, new colours added, while the ‘+’ denotes they are homologated under new WLTP regulations.
  • September 2018 – Mazda 2 Black+ Edition added to the range, limited to 500 models. Based on the 90hp SE-L Nav+ trim, it adds black alloys, privacy glass, a shark fin antenna and black roof spoiler with a choice of grey, blue or crimson exterior paint. 

Buying and selling the Mazda 2

Buying a new Mazda 2 hatchback

  • Several trim level options for buyers
  • Simple engine choice though
  • Mazda PCP finance usually good value

The 90hp petrol engine is the most popular choice with 2 customers and it’s easy to see why: more power and equal economy to the 75hp, while not losing out too much in the speed stakes to the 115hp edition.

Combined with SE-L Nav+ trim and its generous level of appointments, that’s probably the range’s sweetest spot.

Travel longer distances more often and the more powerful model might make more sense, but then again, if you’re regularly travelling more than 15,000 miles per annum, why not consider the larger 3 range instead?

If you want a Mazda 2 with a bit more exclusivity, why not try one of the special editions? There’s a choice of two – the Sport Black or Black+ Edition.

Luckily, there aren’t too many options to add to any model, so if you want a 2 with a bit more kit, the easiest thing to do is step up to the next trim in the line-up. Simple.

And if you’re purchasing a Mazda 2 on finance, Mazda offers great PCP deals across its range, so you should be able to get the right version for you at a reasonable price.


Buying a used Mazda 2 hatchback

  • Plenty of used models to choose from
  • Diesels are a rare model to find
  • Aim for an SE-L Nav or Sport Nav

Mazda doesn’t shift huge volumes of the 2 in the manner Ford does with the Fiesta or Vauxhall's Corsa, but finding a used example close by shouldn’t prove too difficult.

Most that you will find will be the 90hp in SE-L trim, while diesels may be a little harder to find, just because diesel-powered superminis aren’t as popular as petrol ones.

Mazdas traditionally have strong resale values so expect those popular models to be priced accordingly – bigger savings should be available on the lower-specification 75hp models as well as the quicker 115hp Sport Nav variant.

As with any car, a higher-spec model is desirable, so a Sport Nav will be an enticing proposition if the price is right, and there should be plenty out there to choose from. Mazda altered some of the 2’s trim level names over the years – ‘Nav’ in the name unsurprisingly means it has sat-nav fitted, while newer models with ‘+’ at the end mean they’re compliant with the latest WLTP standards.

As ever, spend time checking over the bodywork and alloy wheels for signs of parking dents, kerbing damage and tyres in poor condition. Similarly check all the paper work tallies up and that it’s been serviced and maintained as it should have been, particularly if privately-owned.

Ease your fears further with a Parkers Car History Check to discover any secrets such as outstanding finance.


Selling your Mazda 2 hatchback

  • How to prepare your Mazda 2 for sale
  • Ensure it’s priced right with a Parkers Valuation
  • Create an appealing advert with good pictures 

Small cars are always popular, and a head-turning, well-built and generous equipped one like the Mazda 2 shouldn’t prove to be too difficult to sell on.

None of the models are particularly expensive to run, so ensure potential buyers get to see how economical it is as well as the breadth of equipment, particularly if it’s fitted with the 7.0-inch touchscreen and smartphone connectivity.

Should the bodywork have taken a knock or the interior be looking a little worse for wear, it’s important to get the issues fixed before offering it for sale. It could make the difference between someone paying close to your asking price or haggling with you to get it fixed.

It’s also worth giving the car a thorough valet, removing everything, barring any essentials, from the interior and photographing the car well for the advertisements. A well-written advert could also mean the difference between ‘no sale’ and having your phone ringing all day long.

To make sure you’re asking the right price for your Mazda 2, take out a Parkers Valuation to avoid any lost money or time.

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