Should you buy a Mazda 2?
The Mazda 2 is something of a dark horse among a raft of impressive superminis. Mazda’s insistence on doing things its own way, rather than following the examples set by other automakers, has led to the 2 being something a little bit different, a little bit interesting, but nonetheless a very good car.
The 2’s naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrols are very different to the small-capacity turbocharged units employed on most rivals. They’re less relaxed at low revs but much more rewarding when stretched – making the 2 really good fun on twisting back roads. The fuel economy figures, while lower than others on paper are in reality more achievable, and the 2’s running costs should be low. It’s proven reliable so far, too.
We’d stretch to at least the mid-level 90hp model, as it offers the same running costs as the 75hp model but greater flexibility. What’s missing from the 2s range is a true performance model like the Ford Fiesta ST, but the top-of-the-range 115hp model is powerful enough and can be had in sporty-looking trims so it appears faster than it is.
Company car users will be best served by the 75hp model, which offers the lowest BIK costs. The diesel model was dropped from the range in 2017.
Mazda offers brilliant finance deals across its range, so the 2 could prove a bit of a bargain next to comparable superminis. Its aging interior, lack of sophisticated safety aids and cramped accommodation mean that it’s not quite a class leader in the vein of the SEAT Ibiza or Ford Fiesta. But if you fancy something a little bit different and very good value, the Mazda 2 should be on your shortlist – if not quite at the top of it.