- Interior shared with the CX-3 crossover
- Neat and interesting design and user-friendly
- Infotainment easy to use, but dated now
It’s not unusual for Japanese cars to have interiors that are well-built but constructed of firmer plastics than those employed in many European cars, and in this regard the Mazda 2 is no different.
Stylistically the new 2’s interior isn’t dissimilar to the MX-5 sports car, with a driver-focused section Mazda calls the cockpit zone, and a wider section in front of the passenger. The reasoning is that driver distraction is minimised with all the key information directly in front of them, while controls for the air-con and infotainment system, which aren’t looked at as frequently, are to the side where the front passenger can access them equally well.
The instrument binnacle is clear, combining analogue and digital graphics, while a head-up display is also available higher up the range.
Visibility is fine, with an unusually long bonnet view on a small car, which helps position the nose when manoeuvring around cities. Rear parking sensors aid further when negotiating tighter spots, while the very large door mirrors (that fold automatically), aid with rearward visibility.
Finding a comfortable seating position will prove to be a doddle for most, the driver’s seat adjustable for height and the steering wheel for distance and angle.
- Very comfortable seats and driving position
- Long-distance credentials are good
- Interior is rattle-free and refined
There’s room for four six-foot adults to sit comfortably, although the rear seat would be best accommodated by three children who’ve outgrown their car seats. Talking of which, there are two Isofix mounting points should you need them.
On the road the 2’s a calm car to travel in: the interior’s free of niggling squeaks and rattles, while noise from tyres and air rushing over the door mirrors and around the windscreen pillars is kept impressively low too.
Even the engines are remarkably quiet when idling, so much so you’ll find yourself gently dabbing the accelerator to check it’s running, although the need to rev the engines hard at times will disturb some of the peace.
Mazda shrunk its larger car-underpinning philosophy to make the 2, paying particular attention to where occupants feet rest and where the seats are mounted to ensure vibrations at those points are kept to a minimum too. There’s a decent amount of adjustment in the front seats, which remain feeling comfortable after several hours at the wheel.
Combine all these factors with the supple yet well-controlled suspension and damper settings and a raft of standard equipment including online connectivity on mid-range models onwards, and the Mazda 2 is an easy car to travel long distances in.