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.