Mazda2

The Mazda2 is a great-looking supermini that's also very good to drive. There's plenty of standard equipment and prices are competitive when measured next to the likes of the Ford Fiesta. Limited supply means resale values are strong, too, so the Mazda is a safe place to invest your cash. Running costs are also low with the 1.3-litre engine.

Mazda2 hatchback

Price 
£11,195 - £13,495
5 Doors
3.5 / 5
Pros
  • Proven reliability
  • Good resale value
  • Sporty looks and drive
Cons
  • Uncomfortable ride
  • Seats not supportive enough
  • Not the most practical supermini

The Mazda2 offers a stylish design that hints at the car's sporty potential. There are 1.3 and 1.5-litre petrol engines – but no diesel – yet all offer decent performance and fuel economy. The suspension is quite firm, so the Mazda2 handles well, but this comes at the expense of comfort. The interior has lots of black plastic, however most models come well equipped, with all getting air-conditioning, a CD player and electric front windows. The Mazda2 is a small car, yet it's relatively practical, although it suffers from a high boot lip that makes heavy items hard to load.

New Mazda2

5 Doors
4.4 / 5
Pros
  • Good-looking inside and out
  • Efficient engines
  • Sharp handling
Cons
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Noisy petrol engine
  • Light steering

The new Mazda2 has grown in size compared to the old model, with passenger and boot space increased significantly. Interior quality has also been improved and there's more standard equipment, too. The Mazda's basic petrol engines can’t match the best in class, as they don’t like being worked hard and get noisy when you do, but the diesel model is excellent, as it's both quick and frugal. The new car is lighter for improved efficiency, but also stronger for increased safety.