Mazda 2 1.5 75 SE 5dr Hatchback (2015) at Maidstone Suzuki, Honda and Mazda

This Mazda2 comes with features including Hill hold assist, Radio/CD and mp3 compatibility, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB/iPod/auxiliary input connections.

30/06/2015

43611

Manual

Petrol 60.1 combined MPG

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CO2: 110 g/km

MPG: 60.1

Body Glass

Electric front windows + drivers one touch, Front and rear intermittent wipers

Brakes

ABS, DSC - Dynamic Stability Control, Traction control

Driver Aids

Electric power steering, Hill hold assist

Driver Information

Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Body colour electric adjustable door mirrors

Embellishment Trims

Black interior trim

Entertainment

4 speakers, Radio/CD and mp3 compatibility, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB/iPod/auxiliary input connections

Exterior Body Features

Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Rear roof spoiler

Exterior Lights

Coming/leaving home lighting function, Daytime running lights, Manual headlight levelling

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Manual air conditioning

Interior Features

Cargo area storage tray, Cloth upholstery, Coin tray, Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder, Front and rear door pockets, Glovebox, Rear armrest with 2 cupholders, Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel

Interior Lights

Boot light

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seats, Dual front airbags, Front and rear curtain airbags, Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners, Front side airbags, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Seatbelt warning, Tyre pressure monitoring system

Seats

Driver's seat manual height adjust, Front head restraints, Isofix system on outer rear seats, Passenger seat back pocket, Rear head restraints

Security

Remote central locking, Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser

Vanity Mirrors

Sun visors with mirrors

Wheels

15" steel wheels

Wheels - Spare

Tyre repair kit

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.5
Badge Power: 75
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: N
Coin Series: SE
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 13E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 86
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 78
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 84
NCAP Safety Assist %: 64
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 12500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km): 110
HC+NOx: N
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1496
Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.8
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears: 5 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 60.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 72.4
EC Urban (mpg): 46.3

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 12.1
Engine Power - BHP: 75
Engine Power - KW: 55
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 100
Engine Torque - MKG: 13.8
Engine Torque - NM: 135
Engine Torque - RPM: 3800
Top Speed: 106

Tyres

Tyre Size Front: 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear: 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: N
Wheel Type: 15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1495
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4060
Wheelbase: 2570
Width: 1695
Width (including mirrors): 1983

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1500
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 950
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 280
Max. Loading Weight: 530
Max. Roof Load: 50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 900
Minimum Kerbweight: 970
No. of Seats: 5

2 TO THE POWER OF 3 (new2) 21/11/2014

The third generation Mazda2 supermini gets a welcome package of improvements. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Mazda2 is a strong option if you're looking for a quality supermini and has been usefully improved in this upgraded form. This update brings extra equipment to build on dynamic changes implemented in 2017. These included torque vectoring for extra cornering precision, plus greater refinement from the SKYACTIV-G petrol engines. As before, this model packs in some big car features into a pertly-styled body and features great real-world economy. It's a real contender to the likes of the Fiesta, Corsa, 208 and Clio.

Background

The Mazda2 is going places. The first Mazda2 sold 410,000 units between 2003 and 2007. The second generation model had a seven year run at the market, but had already eclipsed its predecessor's total midway through 2010. Both cars owed a lot to Ford's strategic partnership with Mazda, effectively being rebodied Fiestas which, as anyone who's ever driven a modern Fiesta will happily admit, is no bad thing. For the third generation version, this current car, launched in 2015, Mazda went it alone, this MK3 model '2 riding on its own SKYACTIV chassis technology. At launch, that looked quite a gamble but Mazda has its tail up at the moment after the success of the latest CX-5, '6 and MX-5 models and has no hesitation in making bold claims for its supermini contender. Now, they've further updated the car.

Driving Experience

Buyers now choose from three versions of the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol unit with 75, 90 or 115PS on tap. Power is transferred to the front wheels via five and six-speed manual transmissions as well as a six-speed automatic. All are recently developed compact, lightweight versions of the acclaimed gearboxes offered on other new-generation Mazdas. Mazda says that a lot of changes have taken place in recent times with regard to this car's driver-focused dynamics. A clever 'G-Vectoring Control' system has also been introduced which varies engine torque to optimise loading on the wheels when cornering to indiscernibly provide more precise handling and improve comfort. A lot of work has gone into improving refinement too. As before, the suspension has been set up to be Volkswagen-firm which you'll feel on poor surfaces but the flipside of this is that the Mazda2 offers reassuring body control in corners. The steering is an electrically-assisted system, so don't expect bucketloads of feedback, but you can count on clean response and perfect accuracy. For this lightly revised model, front and rear damper settings have been revised to enhance ride quality, while to improve body control, the front anti-roll bar bushing has changed and the structure of the front lower suspension arm has been modified. Additionally, a small recalibration of the electric power steering is supposed to result in improved steering feel. Overall, with a sporty feel and easy manoeuvrability, the Mazda2 is more than just a city scoot. It's got a welcome element of long distance versatility too.

Design and Build

All around the world, there are languages dying out but Mazda's designers seem to have one all of their own when they start describing the Mazda2. To most people, the 'KODO - Soul of Motion' design doesn't really mean a lot. Suffice to say it looks quite a bit like the existing Mazda3, which means a flowing blend of curves, lots of shape in the flanks and a gaping front grille. It looks better than it sounds, especially when specified with a decent set of alloys. The interior's probably the biggest surprise. We expected the cabin to be boldly-styled but built out of some shiny plastics and with ergonomics that were a bit hit and miss. It's anything but. In fact, the design is relatively clean and conservative, but the colour combinations that Mazda offers are a knockout and the materials quality is genuinely surprising - especially in this revised model form. All models now feature smarter seat fabrics, a restyled steering wheel and sleeker door mirrors with wraparound indicators. It's spacious inside too. By stretching the wheelbase by 80mm over the previous generation Mazda2, the designers have delivered a decently-sized passenger cell for a five-supermini. There's a big glove box and door pockets that can hold large bottles. The boot's deep and boasts 280-litres of room with the seats in place or 960-litres when they're folded.

Market and Model

Priced from just over £13,000 to just over £17,000, the 2018 Mazda2 range features and sngle five-door bodystyle and five revised trim levels: 'SE+', 'SE-L+', 'SE-L Nav+', 'Sport Nav+' and 'GT Sport Nav+'. The base 'SE+' variant comes only with the entry-level 75PS engine and now features 15-inch alloy wheels, heated power fold mirrors, 60:40 split rear seats and electric rear windows. Offered with both the 75 and 90PS engines, the 'SE-L+' and 'SE-L Nav+' models also have enhanced equipment with the addition of dusk-sensing lights, rear parking sensors, rain sensing front wipers and climate control air conditioning. Matched to the 90PS engine, the popular 'Sport Nav' trim gets you a black rear roof spoiler, while the range topping 'GT Sport Nav+' variant can be ordered with either the 90 or 115PS engine. All 'GT Sport' models now get a reversing camera. Plusher versions of the Mazda2 feature the ingenious Active Driving Display - the first head-up display in this class - and lots of safety kit. This includes an auto braking function, blind spot detection, a lane departure warning system and high beam control that automatically dips the lights so as not to blind oncoming vehicles. The front, side and curtain airbags have all been redesigned to offer better occupant protection while the front end crash structure has been improved markedly. Hence this model's five-star EuroNCAP rating.

Cost of Ownership

The petrol-engined versions of the Mazda2 are interesting in their own regard. Most of Mazda's rivals have opted for downsized turbocharged petrol units that, in effect, cheat the NEDC economy test and tend to result in fairly ordinary fuel economy in real world driving conditions. Mazda's 75 and 90PS 1.5-litre normally-aspirated SKYACTIV-G petrol engines get between 60.1 and 62.8mpg on the combined cycle, which certainly isn't bad, but we'd be willing to wager that in typical real world conditions, they'll fare better than Ford's 1.0-litre Ecoboost unit, the one that's found in a Fiesta. Emissions translate to between 105 and 110g/km. The lightweight SKYACTIV chassis helps keep weight down, with the entry-level petrol models tipping the scales at just 970kg. As for peace of mind, well given the reliability of Mazda products, you'd have thought the company might have wanted to improve upon its usual three year/60,000 mile package and take on the Korean brands. Not so. That familiar standard warranty remains in place for this car. Still, the cover provided does continue to include three years of European roadside assistance.

Summary

Good things often come in little packages. Here's one of them. It's a small car that's been developed with an extraordinarily large amount of care and as a result, remains a class act. Arguably, no other rival offers a better all-round blend of performance and efficiency, plus this improved third generation Mazda2 delivers smart looks, reasonable pricing and an interestingly-styled cabin offering premium segment features and some lovely quality touches. The bottom line is that if you thought all superminis were the same, it's well worth trying one of these. Life, you might find, is full of surprises.

TWO TO THE FORE (used) 30/01/2015

By Andy Enright

Introduction

If the Mazda2 was a song, it's probably what you'd describe as a bit of a slow burner. It doesn't grab you at first, but spend a little time with it and its qualities shine through. A similar thing happened with used sales. When the car first launched in 2003, it didn't exactly kick on but, as time passed, UK buyers began to see the merits of this small car. Well, some did. Most just bought Ford Fiestas and Vauxhall Corsas instead. A turning point perhaps came in 2007 with the launch of the well-received second generation model. It's the updated 2011 to 2015 version of this design that we're going to evaluate here as a used car buy.

Models

5dr hatch (1.3, 1.5 petrol, 1.6, diesel [TS, TS2, Tamura, Sport, Takuya edition, Black edition, Venture edition, Colour edition, Sport Colour edition, Sport Venture edition])

History

Mazda launched the first generation Mazda2 in 2003 but, truth be told, it wasn't a car that really threatened the best in class. What it did do was establish Mazda as one of the pack; capable of building a decent supermini. Clearly more was required and that appeared in 2007 with the launch of the second generation Mazda2. This model effectively ran right through to 2015, but it did get facelifted at the tail end of 2010, with those cars going on sale as 2011 model year vehicles. It's this version of the Mazda2 that we examine here. The launch trims were pretty easy to get a handle on - TS as the entry level, with the TS2 the next step up, then Tamura and finally the range-topping Sport trim. Engines comprised a 1.3 petrol in either 75 or 84PS tune, a 102PS 1.5-litre petrol and a 95PS 1.6-litre diesel. Mazda didn't take long to start down the special edition route. In fact, the first appeared within two months. The Takuya edition was based on an 84PS Tamura and also got front fog lights, black sports trim, rear electric windows, automatic climate-control air-conditioning, a Parrot Bluetooth hands-free kit and a new rear bumper sports trim. The next special was also based on the 84PS Tamura. The Mazda2 Black appeared in July 2011 and added a black vinyl roof, matt black 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, privacy glass and a rear bumper sports trim. Inside, there is the Sports interior with climate control air-conditioning, a Parrot Bluetooth hands-free system, electric rear windows, plus unique 'Black Edition' exterior badging, uniquely numbered interior plaque and Limited Edition floor mats. There was then a hiatus of nearly two and half years. Then at the start of 2014, Mazda rejigged the range and ditched the TS and TS2 models for an SE Air Con. The 1.5-petrol engine and the diesel were both pensioned off and a 102PS version of the 1.3-litre engine featured in the Tamura Nav Auto. The Sport Venture edition also appeared, based on the 1.3 Tamura but with 13 extra items of equipment. At the start of February 2014, up popped the Colour edition and the Sport Colour edition, the former based on the 75PS engine, the latter on the 84PS. That was the last of the major changes before the car was replaced at the start of 2015 with an all-new model.

What You Get

The Mazda2's cabin is one area where it feels a little behind the pace of the very latest cars in the class, with some rather hard plastics on display but there's a huge difference between perceived and actual quality. A case in point. A Volkswagen Polo will feel a good deal more premium but which of the two cars do you think results in higher warranty claims? Well done if you said the German one. The five-door Mazda2 model's cabin is laid out in a sensible well thought out way. There's excellent storage inside the cabin and a sporty edge to the details too. Most of the dials and vents are circular in design, and their design seems to be part of a conscious design theme rather than a trawl through a parts bin. The sporty edge continues outside the car where the look tends to resemble the stance of a hot-hatch, rather than that of a supermini. The overhangs are minimal at each end, the bumpers body coloured and if you specify the alloy wheel option, you end up with what is still one of the tidiest looking of all superminis. There are some slick styling touches in the design of lights and grilles too, these revised items being cohesively integrated into the Mazda2's overall shape.

What You Pay

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The Mazda2 scores with its sheer reliability. In short, not a lot goes wrong with these cars, whether you choose manual or auto, petrol or diesel. They just seem to tick along without much trouble. The car scored a five-star EuroNCAP safety score, so there are no concerns there either.

Replacement Parts

(Estimated prices, based on a Mazda2 1.3). Consumables are quite reasonably priced. An air filter is around £14 and a fuel filter retails at round £24. An oil filter is £6, spark plugs are about £3 and a timing belt is around £40.

On the Road

Lightness is the defining characteristic in the way the Mazda2 drives. This second generation car saves over 100kg compared to its 2003-vintage predecessor and you'll feel that as soon as you turn it into a corner. There's a sparky, effervescence to it that makes it real fun to drive. In addition to that, taking weight out of the car actually helps its ride quality, the lighter wheels reducing unsprung weight. It also greatly assists the power to weight ratio. The most popular engine is the 84PS 1.3-litre MZR petrol unit. This will accelerate the Mazda2 to 62mph in 13.6 seconds. This may not sound a lot, but around town, you're unlikely to ever notice any issues as it steps of the line very crisply. The clever electronic power steering provides plenty of assistance at city speeds, helping you to zip in and out of small spaces. Up the pace a little and the power steering isn't the last word in textured feedback but that goes with the territory. Clearly Mazda has paid attention to the driver dynamics of this car, and with a good level of success. Still, as good as they are, the driving characteristics of the Mazda2 probably aren't going to be the chief reason for purchase.

Overall

The Mazda2's relatively modest UK sales were always a bit of a puzzle. Especially when you considered that under its skin, it shared almost all of its underpinnings with the best-selling car in the country, the Ford Fiesta. So imagine a Fiesta that was better built, better equipped, better looking and which, if you could haggle a bit, needn't be any pricier. It sounds like a winner, right? Well it can come good all over again. If you're shopping for a supermini that was out of warranty, Mazda makes a good deal more sense than Ford. And if you're looking at a '2', it makes sense to try and stretch to one of the post-2011 facelift variants. About the only downside is the marginally pricier spares, but where there is parts commonality, canny buyers can just buy the Ford part instead. The Mazda2 remains one of the shrewdest used supermini buys around.

TWO GOOD TO BE 2? (family) 06/04/2018

Once, small Mazdas worth buying began and ended with the MX-5 Sports Car. That's no longer the case, as June Neary discovers.

Will It Suit Me?

There's no doubt that the Mazda brand is going places. The sporty MX-5 roadster has always been a personal favourite, but the Mazda6, the Mazda3 and the second generation Mazda2 we feature here are also well worth consideration. The '2' is Mazda's attempt to inject a bit of pizzazz into its supermini offering, something much needed given the strength of competition in the Fiesta segment. Does it deliver? I wanted to find out.

Practicalities

First impressions are good: it's a car that under fifties would be happy to be seen in. That's thanks to a flowing blend of curves, lots of shape in the flanks and a gaping front grille. The interior's probably the biggest surprise. To be honest, I expected the cabin to be boldly-styled but built out of some shiny plastics and with ergonomics that were a bit hit and miss. It's anything but. In fact, the design is relatively clean and conservative, but the colour combinations that Mazda offers are a knockout and the materials quality is genuinely surprising. It's spacious too. By stretching the wheelbase by 80mm, Mazda has delivered a decently-sized passenger cell for a five-supermini. I had no trouble getting childseats in and out and the boot's deep and boasts 280-litres of room with the seats in place - or 960-litres when they're folded, which is just a few litres off that of the latest Fiesta. There's decent storage space for the paraphernalia of family life in the cabin too, with a big glove box and door pockets that can hold large bottles.

Behind the Wheel

There's no shortage of room behind the wheel, and it's easy to achieve a comfortable driving position. All round visibility is a Mazda2 strong point, the designers concentrating on reducing the amount of blind spots. The turning circle is commendably tight which means that seven point turns in the road become a thing of the past. Having tested this car straight after a Citroen Berlingo, a car with a turning circle visible from space, the Mazda2's manoeuvrability was a welcome plus. Buyers get to choose between either a 1.5-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre diesel in a variety of different guises. The petrol motor is offered in 75, 90 or 115PS outputs, while the diesel cranks out a healthy 105PS. It's easily the pick of the bunch. The suspension has been set up to be Volkswagen-firm which you'll feel on poor surfaces but the flipside of this is that the Mazda2 offers reassuring body control in corners. The steering is an electrically-assisted system, so don't expect bucketloads of feedback, but you can count on clean response and perfect accuracy. With a sporty feel and easy manoeuvrability, the Mazda2 is more than just a city scoot. It's got a welcome element of long distance versatility too.

Value For Money

Prices range in the £12,000 to £17,500 bracket common to superminis in this segment. There's a five-level grade structure - SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav. Here are three 1.5-litre petrol units with 75, 90 or 115ps on tap, plus a 105ps 1.5-litre diesel. Mazda claims that the range sets new standards for infotainment, in-car connectivity and equipment levels in the segment with the 90ps SE-L Nav models featuring a 7-inch colour touch-screen, a rotary Multimedia Commander infotainment control, MZD Connect, DAB radio, and a satellite navigation system as standard, whilst Sport Nav models also benefit from the addition of 16-inch alloy wheels, smart keyless entry and climate control air-conditioning. In terms of running costs, Mazda's 1.5-litre normally-aspirated SKYACTIV-G petrol engines get between 57.6 and 62.7mpg, which certainly isn't bad, but I'd be willing to wager that in typical real world conditions, they'll fare better than Ford's 1.0-litre Ecoboost unit, the one that's found in a Fiesta. Emissions translate to between 110 and 115g/km. The diesel looks to have made all the right moves. Mazda claims 83.1mpg and 89g/km for the SKYACTIV-D engine, which is bound to be popular with UK buyers. The lightweight SKYACTIV chassis helps keep weight down, with the entry-level petrol models tipping the scales at just 970kg.

Could I Live With One?

The Mazda brand has made huge advances within the past couple of years. I remember visiting the Motor Show at the NEC a while back and walking straight past the Mazda stand, seduced instead by the promise of a decent cup of coffee and a Danish from Ford. Fortunately that wouldn't happen these days. Mazda have turned themselves around and if this MK2 model Mazda2 is anything to go by, they're still gaining momentum. Could I live with a Mazda2? Certainly. Would I buy a Mazda2? A definite maybe.

Mazda 2 average rating: 4.5/5 (24 reviews)

- 13/05/2019, owner of a Mazda 2 Hatchback 1.5 GT Sport Nav Plus 5dr [Leather]

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
Super package, with a great spec. and very reasonably priced.

- 28/07/2018, owner of a Mazda 2 Hatchback 1.5 115 GT Sport Nav+ 5dr

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
My third purchase from the brilliant Northampton Mazda. After 12 years and two MX5s my lifestyle change meant I needed more seats! The recommended Mazda 2 GTI Sport has fitted the bill perfectly. It drives well, has the 6 gears I'm used to and the 1.5 engine gives me enough confidence to pull away. The toys and gadgets and leather seats complete the experience. It will never be the MX5 but is comparing well so far.

- 16/06/2018, owner of a Mazda 2 Hatchback 1.5 115 GT Sport Nav+ 5dr [Leather]

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
I have now purchased four Mazda 2 models and each time the improvement is noticeable, but the new GT Sport is just superb.

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