- 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.
Will it fit in my garage?
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.
Will my luggage fit?
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.
- 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.