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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Running costs

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • All-petrol range is fuel efficient
  • All models claim more than 50mpg
  • Easy to achieve the realistic figures

With an efficient range of petrol power plants, and SkyActiv efficiencies bristling all over the car, it should be cost-effective to run a Mazda 2 day to day. Most expensive to run is unsurprisingly the most powerful too, the 115hp 1.5, although even this version isn’t going to be wallet-crippling. With claimed fuel economy figures of 50.4mpg, it should still be within the financial reach of many Mazda 2 customers. From here, both 75hp and 90hp versions return the same claimed 57.7mpg when fitted with a manual gearbox. Specify the automatic with the 90hp petrol and this falls slightly to 54.3mpg.

Championing the running costs cause was, inevitably, the diesel version, with an official claim of 83.1mpg and CO2 emissions of just 89g/km of CO2, 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.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £939 - £1,164 *
Diesel 131p £718 - £718 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period One year/12,500 miles
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles
Road tax (12 months) £0 - £145
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 13 - 20
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

4.4 out of 5 4.4

Go for the 75hp and 90hp petrols with manual gearboxes and CO2 emissions are pleasingly low at 111g/km.

Choosing the automatic model sees emissions rise slightly to 118g/km, while the worst offender is the most powerful petrol – the 115hp – emitting 127g/km of CO2.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.5d Diesel 89 g/km (Min) £0
1.5 (115ps) Petrol 127 g/km (Max) £145

Reliability

4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • 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, though. One relates to a brake hose issue, while the other, the handbrake. If you’re buying a used model, make sure any remedial work has been carried out. The only other issues you may find relate 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. This will likely just need a software update from the dealer to sort it out at no cost.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported
Engine / gearbox No problems reported
Other No problems reported

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