Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • 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.

Mazda 2 2020 rear seats

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. 

Boot space

Seats up and the 2 provides 280 litres of boot space, which trails almost all of its closest rivals. 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 key rivals, with the Fabia again coming out on top at 1,150 litres.

Mazda 2 2020 boot

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.

Safety

  • 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.

Mazda 2 blindspot monitor 2015

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.

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
  • Service indicator
  • 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
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
GT Sport Nav 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
  • Climate control
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator

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

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
  • Service indicator
SE-L Nav optional equipment
None available

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
  • Climate control
  • Service indicator

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
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Sport Nav optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Service indicator

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
  • Climate control
  • Service indicator

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
  • Service indicator

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Mazda 2 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 86%
Child Occupant: 78%
Vulnerable Road Users: 84%
Safety Assist: 64%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.