Mazda2 hatchback

Price  £11,995 - £17,395

Mazda2 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Good-looking inside and out
  • Efficient engines
  • Sharp handling
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Noisy petrol engine
  • Light steering

At a glance

The greenest
1.5 105ps Sport Nav 5dr £17,395
The cheapest
1.5 75ps SE 5dr £11,995
The fastest
1.5 115ps Sport Nav 5dr £15,995
Top of the range
1.5 105ps Sport Nav 5dr £17,395

"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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.7 / 5

The new Mazda2 isn't class-leading, but it's cheap to run – the diesel is our pick of the range

Engines, drive & performance

4.5 / 5

Diesel Mazda2 is more fun to drive than petrols, but isn’t quite up to the Ford Fiesta’s standards

Interior & comfort

4.3 / 5

Excellent Mazda2 interior is let down by some poor-quality plastics

Practicality & boot space

3.5 / 5

The new Mazda2 is much more spacious than the outgoing model

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

Expect the new Mazda2 to be safe and popular with owners

What the others say

3.9 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
"It's great fun to drive thanks to its low kerbweight, agile chassis and a range of brand-new SKYACTIV engines and transmissions."
8 / 10
"While not striking a knockout blow in any one particular area, the Mazda2 scores consistently enough to be able to recommend."
7 / 10
"If you like driving, and like small cars, you'll love the all-new Mazda 2."
4 / 5
"The Mazda 2 is one of the better options in the supermini class; it's more fun to drive than most rivals and is pretty easy to live with."
Last updated 
10 Sep 2015
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