Price £11,995 - £17,395
- Good-looking inside and out
- Efficient engines
- Sharp handling
- Some cheap interior materials
- Noisy petrol engine
- Light steering
At a glance
"The new Mazda2 is more spacious than the old model and has an excellent diesel engine. The petrol models lack the verve we hoped for, but the Mazda is both comfortable and fun to drive."
The Mazda2 is a practical and efficient hatchback designed to compete with the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, Vauxhall Corsa and MINI 5-door. While it isn’t quite as much fun to drive as the Ford Fiesta, the Mazda's good looks, efficient engines, pleasing handling and class-leading gearbox make it a strong contender in the small car class.
Mazda has been producing handsome cars for the past couple of years. Its current Kodo design language – the visual theme present across all its cars – is evident in larger models such as the Mazda3 and Mazda6. It makes the Mazda2 seem broader than it is, with well defined haunches giving it a slightly muscular look that isn’t particularly common in the hatchback class. At the front, the distinctive Mazda ‘face’ consists of a three-dimensional grille (which is very slightly more pronounced here than on larger models) and a wide, flat bonnet.
The Mazda2 is available in 10 different colours. The entry-level version comes with steel wheels, but all the others have 15 or 16-inch alloys. Inside, the modern and refreshingly styled interior boasts fun air vents, while the higher trim levels include an abundance of leather. As with most smaller cars, there are some slightly ‘scratchy’ plastics visible, but that's also the case in similar models such as the Fiesta and even the Audi A1.
This iteration of the Mazda2 is actually slightly larger than the previous generation. In order to provide more interior space, it's 8cm longer than before, which means more boot space and more legroom for passengers.
You can spec your Mazda2 with a head-up display, a big infotainment screen and a swathe of advanced safety features such as lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking. What's more, fuel economy is good and the engines are punchy, making this a fun car to drive.
The new Mazda2 isn't class-leading, but it's cheap to run – the diesel is our pick of the range
Diesel Mazda2 is more fun to drive than petrols, but isn’t quite up to the Ford Fiesta’s standards
Excellent Mazda2 interior is let down by some poor-quality plastics
The new Mazda2 is much more spacious than the outgoing model
Expect the new Mazda2 to be safe and popular with owners