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Mazda2 Tamura

The Mazda2 remains a well-equipped, good value, fun-to-drive proposition that won’t cost the earth to run.

The Mazda2 competes in the highly competitive supermini segment against cars like the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Volkswagen Polo. The Mazda2 Tamura comes with either an 83bhp 1.3-litre with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 101bhp 1.5-litre that comes with a four-speed automatic gearbox. Unfortunately, there is no diesel option.

Equipment levels on the Mazda2 are good, coming with air conditioning, remote central locking, electric folding mirrors, a sporty body kit, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift lever and a trip computer all as standard. The Mazda2 also comes with side and curtain airbags, to boost its already strong safety credentials. If you opt for the more expensive 1.5-litre engine (only available as a ‘Tamura Nav’ model) you gain sat-nav, Bluetooth hands-free calling and anti-skid control (ESP).

Out of the two engines, the smaller 83bhp 1.3-litre engine is unsurprisingly the cheapest to run, it averages 56.5mpg. The automatic 1.5-litre, meanwhile, returns 44.8mpg.

Good points

Even though the Mazda2 is feeling its age, it’s still one of the most fun cars in its class to drive. Clever pricing and high levels of standard equipment also keep it in contention against its more modern rivals.Finally, the Mazda2 has long been a hit with used car buyers, so the Mazda2 has strong resale values when it’s time to sell.

Bad points

The ageing Mazda2 is somewhat off the pace when it comes to running costs. Engine choices are limited to a pair of relatively uneconomical petrol engines, meaning it simply can’t compete with its rivals in terms of fuel economy and emissions.While it may be fun to drive, the stiff suspension means it isn't very comfortable over long distances and bumpy roads. A Volkswagen Polo is easier to live with if you cover high mileages or spend a lot of time on the motorway. The Mazda2 suffers from a lot of road noise and tyre roar, which is a shame because the engines are quiet and refined.Those who carry lots of luggage will also struggle with the Mazda2 on account of its tiny boot.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric folding wing mirrors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Single CD player

Recommended optional extras

  • Metallic paint

Our choice

The basic 1.3-litre engine offers improved fuel economy, and is the only Tamura model available with a manual gearbox. For this reason, it's our top choice.

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