Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

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

Petrol engines 10.2 - 11.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 47.9 - 53.3 mpg
  • All-petrol range is fuel efficient
  • All models claim more than 45mpg
  • Easy to achieve the realistic figures

With an efficient range of petrol power plants, and SkyActiv-G efficiencies bristling all over the car, it should be cost-effective to run a Mazda 2 day-to-day.

Models sold from the end of 2019 come fitted with mild-hybrid technology to boost fuel efficiency. Unlike a hybrid, which uses a battery to help drive the vehicle along on electric power over short distances, a mild-hybrid uses a capacitor to store and deploy a small amount of electrical energy to take some of the strain out of the petrol engine.

On most of the vehicles tested here at Parkers, we’ve noticed a difference in how a mild-hybrid vehicle behaves at low speeds – shutting down the engine sooner, recuperating energy from regenerative braking and being able to set off under the stored electrical energy. In the case of the Mazda 2, we couldn’t tell the difference. This might be good news for those who aren’t looking for a change, but you’d struggle to notice any benefits towards fuel consumption at the same time.

Most expensive to run is the 90hp version with the automatic gearbox, although even this isn’t going to be wallet-crippling. With claimed fuel economy figures of 47.9mpg, it should still be within the financial reach of many Mazda 2 customers.

From here, both 75hp and 90hp versions return the same claimed 53.3mpg when fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox.

Buying a used Mazda 2? Championing the running costs cause was, inevitably, the diesel version, with an official claim of 83.1mpg and CO2 emissions of just 89g/km, which made it free of VED when it was new.

Providing sensible real-world driving for the Mazda is a 44-litre fuel tank, fitted to all models, meaning filling station visits should be relatively infrequent.

Green credentials

Go for the 75hp and 90hp petrols with manual gearboxes and CO2 emissions are pleasingly low at 94/km.

Choosing the automatic model sees emissions rise slightly to 118g/km.

Reliability

  • Solid build quality throughout
  • Mazda has a good reputation for reliability
  • Two official recalls for the 2 so far 

While its three-year warranty is the norm in the small hatchback segment, you shouldn’t encounter too many issues owning a Mazda 2. Much of the SkyActiv thinking and mechanical componentry have already seen service in Mazda’s other models with no significant issues, so the case should still be the same on the smaller 2. Build quality on the models we’ve tested have felt robust, with no worryingly feeble interior plastics, controls or buttons. Interior trims are likely to be able to withstand regular use too, including ferrying about kids and their collective paraphernalia.

There have been two official recalls issues against the car in 2016, both relating to potential fuel leaks. If you’re buying a used model, make sure any remedial work has been carried out.

The only other issue you may find relates to the infotainment system. When we ran a Mazda long-term test car, we found the media system to freeze and switch off from time to time and correlates to a few owner reviews submitted by those who have bought a 2 as well.

This will likely just need a software update from the dealer to sort it out at no cost.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £150
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Insurance group 13 - 20
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