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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Equipment

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Five trim levels to choose from
  • All come with generous equipment levels
  • Top-spec models very well appointed

The Mazda 2’s trim levels could appear a little confusing on first inspection, but it’s not difficult to understand. It starts at SE+, moving up to SE-L+, SE-L Nav+, Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+.

Finally, there’s a special edition called Black+ Edition limited to 500 cars, while other special editions have been available previously, such as the Sport Black and Tech Edition (and more).

Standard Mazda 2 equipment

Kicking off the Mazda 2 hierarchy is the SE+ trim. It comes with:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and automatic folding mirrors
  • Keyless start
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Air-conditioning
  • Am/FM radio, USB and Aux connections
  • Multifunction steering wheel

It’s worth stepping up to the SE-L+ for this extra kit:

  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Rear parking sensors
  • LED foglights
  • Leather steering wheel and gearknob
  • Cruise control
  • Climate control
  • Bluetooth

If you pick the SE-L+ Nav with the 90hp engine, you also get a 7.0-inch colour display for the infotainment system with DAB radio and sat-nav, plus lane-departure warning and autonomous emergency braking.

From here, the next step up is to the Sport Nav+, adding:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Privacy glass
  • Black rear roof spoiler
  • Black sports cloth interior trim
  • Keyless entry
  • Shark fin antenna and chrome exhaust trim

At the top of the Mazda 2 tree is the GT Sport Nav+, which comes with:

  • LED headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Black leather seats with suede inserts (you can upgrade to beige leather)
  • Heated front seats
  • Colour active driving display
  • Reversing camera

Optional Mazda 2 accessories

Due to the Mazda 2’s comprehensive range of equipment, factory fitted options are rather thin on the ground in terms of choice.

As with many of the 2’s contemporaries, only one paint finish, Arctic White, is available as standard – the five metallic, mica and pearlescent finishes are all optional.

GT Sport Nav+ models are also available with a striking two-tone cream and black leather interior option, including a contrast panel of padded leather across the dashboard.

Other extras, such as a choice of alloy wheel designs, sporty metal pedals for the accelerator, brake and clutch and additional interior lighting are available as dealer-fit accessories from Mazda retailers.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 2.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

Black+ Edition equipment

Black+ Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Black+ Edition optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
GT optional equipment
None available

GT Sport equipment

GT Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
GT Sport optional equipment
None available

GT Sport Nav+ equipment

GT Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
GT Sport Nav+ optional equipment
None available

Red Edition equipment

Red Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Red Edition optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
SE optional equipment
None available

SE+ equipment

SE+ standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
SE+ optional equipment
None available

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
SE-L optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Sat Nav

SE-L Nav+ equipment

SE-L Nav+ standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
SE-L Nav+ optional equipment
None available

SE-L+ equipment

SE-L+ standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
SE-L+ optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
Sport optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

Sport Black II equipment

Sport Black II standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Sport Black II optional equipment
None available

Sport Black+ equipment

Sport Black+ standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Sport Black+ optional equipment
None available

Sport Nav equipment

Sport Nav standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Sport Nav optional equipment
  • Front fog lights

Sport Nav+ equipment

Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Sport Nav+ optional equipment
None available

Sports Black equipment

Sports Black standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Sports Black optional equipment
None available

Sports Launch Edition equipment

Sports Launch Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Sports Launch Edition optional equipment
None available

Tech Edition equipment

Tech Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Tech Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Front fog lights

Safety

4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Four-star safety rating from Euro NCAP
  • AEB standard on most models, but not all
  • Lane-departure also available 

Euro NCAP awarded the Mazda 2 four stars for its crash safety rating when it was tested in 2015.

Not only is the 2’s structure one of inherent strength, with predetermined crumple zones to absorb the brunt of impacts, occupants are further protected by the standard fitment of anti-lock brakes, stability software and six airbags. Two Isofix child seat mounting points are fitted to the outer rear seat positions.

Additionally, the 2 benefits from the availability of a number of preventative safety systems, including a blindspot monitor as part of an optional safety pack on higher-spec models.

Based on the same hardware is rear cross-traffic alert, warning you of approaching traffic when you reverse out of a poorly-sighted parking space.

Elsewhere the smart city brake support system provides emergency braking at lower urban speeds to negate, or at least minimise, crashes, while Mazda’s also made its lane-departure warning system available on the 2. Both of these feature on SE-L Nav+ models and up.

An improved version of the automatic high beam lights is also available on the Mazda 2, a feature made all the more illuminating when equipped with full LED headlights, but this is only on top-spec cars.

Interior & boot space

3.6 out of 5 3.6
  • Practical five-door-only body
  • But overall practicality trails rivals
  • Will be big enough for most, though

While there are many strings to its bow, practicality isn’t an area where the Mazda 2 particularly shines when compared to its main rivals.

Key ingredients are there, such as a five-door body and a spacious passenger cabin but others in the class make carrying larger, bulkier items easier than the Mazda does.

Up front, there’s enough space for most to stretch out, although some may find the cabin doesn’t feel all that wide, especially as the design aims to envelope the driver.

In the back, the tall body lends itself to good comfort for taller passengers, but a Skoda Fabia or VW Polo will offer more passenger space with a greater feeling of airiness thanks to larger windows, too. 

 

The good news about the compact exterior dimensions mean the Mazda 2 is a doddle to weave around tight city streets and car parks.

The stubby front end, large door mirrors and upright rear mean it’s very easy to judge its limits, and the addition of parking sensors and a camera on higher-spec models mean it has some extra manoeuvrability too. 

 

Seats up and the 2 provides 280 litres of boot space, which trails almost all of its closest rivals.

In fact, the Mazda’s trumped by the Corsa (285 litres), Fiesta (290), Clio (300), Fabia (330), Ibiza (350) and Polo (355).

Add a high loading lip and narrower opening than its rivals and the 2’s fate is sealed as one of the least practical superminis when it comes to boot room.

Fold the rear seat over and that capacity extends to a maximum of 950 litres, a figure again bested by those key rivals, with the Fabia again coming out on top at 1,150 litres.

Once you get your items into the Mazda’s boot it’s actually well-shaped with a 1,000mm gap between the wheel arches, useful for wider items. Less helpful is the 738mm height from the ground of the boot entrance and the narrow entry point where the curve of the tailgate cuts into the bumper. Form over outright function here.

Elsewhere in the cabin there’s a good amount of space for odds and ends in the front, with sensibly sized door bins, large enough to carry one-litre bottles. There are a couple of other small areas to store things, but there’s a lack of space to store your phone, for example.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Mazda 2 compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Skoda Fabia Hatchback 322 litres
Ford Fiesta (08-17) 290 litres
Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 280 litres
Mazda 2 250 litres

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