Mazda 2 1.5 e-Skyactiv G 115 GT Sport Tech 5dr, 360 View Monitor, Heated Front Seats Hatchback (2021) at Mazda Northampton Motors

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Finished in Machine Grey paint and 16inch Bright Finish Alloy Wheels our Mazda2 comes with impressive specification including 360 View Monitor, Speed limiter, Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, Cruise control, Driver attention alert system, Emergency stop signalling system, Front and rear parking sensors, Integrated bluetooth, Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, Mazda connect with 7inch colour touch screen, Navigation system, Head up display, Engine start/stop button, DAB Radio, Signature LED daytime running lights, Adaptive LED Headlights, Climate control air conditioning, Leather upholstery with black granlux inserts, Heated Front Seats, Smart Keyless Entry, ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats and more!

21/10/2021

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Petrol 56.5 combined MPG (WLTP)

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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
135 g/km

MPG:

WLTP CO2:
113 g/km

WLTP MPG:
56.5

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Body Glass

Electric front/rear windows with one touch auto up/down for driver's window, Privacy glass, Rain sensing front wipers with adjustable sensitivity and speed, Rear wiper

Brakes

Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Collision mitigation braking system, Dynamic stability control + Traction control, ESP, G-Vectoring control plus, Hill launch assist, Rear smart city brake support

Communication

E-call, Integrated bluetooth, Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto

Driver Aids

360 View Monitor, Adjustable speed limiter, Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, Cruise control, Driver attention alert system, Emergency stop signalling system, Front and rear parking sensors, PAS

Driver Convenience

Engine start/stop button

Driver Information

Analogue rev counter, Digital instrument cluster, Digital speed display meter, Head up display - Colour active driving display, Mazda connect with 7" colour touch screen, Navigation system, Service indicator, Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Auto dimming rear view mirror, Body colour door mirrors, Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors

Embellishment Trims

Blue/grey soft touch dashboard

Engine

i-stop

Entertainment

AM/FM/DAB radio with 6 speakers with USB and AUX inputs, Multimedia Commander including separate volume dial, Steering wheel mounted audio/bluetooth controls

Exterior Body Features

Body coloured front bumper with bright lower bezel, Body coloured rear bumper with bright lower mouldings, Chrome exhaust tailpipes, Chrome finish signature wing on front grille, Chrome front lower bezel, Chrome rear lower bezel, Gloss black front grille, Rear side wing doors, Shark fin antenna

Exterior Lights

Adaptive LED Headlights, Auto headlight levelling, Coming/leaving home lighting function, Dusk sensing headlights, LED indicator lights, LED third brake light, Signature LED daytime running lights

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Climate control air conditioning

Interior Features

Driver, Front passenger and two rear grab handles with coathooks, Front centre storage with two cupholders, Front passenger and driver door pockets, Gear shift indicator, Glovebox, Heated leather steering wheel, Leather gear knob, Leather handbrake, Leather upholstery with black granlux inserts, Satin silver dials, Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel

Interior Lights

Interior courtesy light with integrated spotlight, Luggage compartment light

Safety

2x3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners, 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats, Front and rear curtain airbags, Front driver, passenger and rear seat seatbelt warning, Front dual stage driver and single stage front passenger airbags, Front side airbags, Manual child lock in rear doors, Passenger airbag cut-off switch, Tyre pressure monitoring system

Seats

3 seat bench in 2nd row, 60/40 split rear seats, Drivers seat manual slide recline and height adjustment, Folding rear seats, Front head restraints, Front passenger seat manual slide, recline and height adjust, Front passenger seatback pockets, Heated front seats with 3 stage setting, ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats, Single front passenger seat, Three height adjustable rear head restraints

Security

Alarm, Deadlocking system, Immobiliser, Power door locks, Remote central locking, Smart keyless entry

Vanity Mirrors

Drivers/front passengers covered vanity mirrors and drivers ticket holder

Wheels - Alloy

16" Bright finish alloy wheels

Wheels - Spare

Emergency tyre repair kit

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.5
Badge Power: 115
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: e-Skyactiv-G 115
Coin Series: GT Sport Tech
Generation Mark: 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22A
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
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

HC+NOx: N
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 113
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 120
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 98
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 135
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 109

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1496
Compression Ratio: 15.0:1
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: 6 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 56.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 53.3
WLTP - MPG - High: 65.7
WLTP - MPG - Low: 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 58.9

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.1
Engine Power - BHP: 115
Engine Power - KW: 85
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 111
Engine Torque - MKG: 15.4
Engine Torque - NM: 151
Engine Torque - RPM: 3500
Top Speed: 124

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 185/60 R16
Tyre Size Rear: 185/60 R16
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1515
Length: 4070
Wheelbase: 2570
Width: 1695

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1540
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 950
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 280
Max. Loading Weight: 461
Max. Roof Load: 50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 900
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 550
Minimum Kerbweight: 1079
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 4.9

SOMETHING BORROWED SOMETHING BLUE (new2) 21/02/2022

Mazda gets full-Hybrid tech - with a little help from Toyota. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the Mazda2 Hybrid.

Ten Second Review

The Mazda2 Hybrid borrows everything from a fourth generation Toyota Yaris, which means that it's a full self-charging Hybrid - Mazda's first. So, everything's borrowed here, but from one of the supermini segment's most appealing and economical little small hatches. If you get the right deal and don't care about badge semantics, it's all good. And if you can't quite stretch to one of these but want a small Mazda, there's still the ordinary mild hybrid version to consider.

Background

Meet the newest version of the Mazda2. Except that underneath the badges, this isn't a Mazda2 and there's also another Mazda2 on sale, the one we've been familiar with since it was first launched back in 2015. Confusing isn't it? So let's try and straighten things out. That third generation 'DJ/DL'-series Mazda2 still has a bit of life in it, the car revised with new tech mild hybrid powerplants as recently as 2020. But it can't be engineered for the more electrified tech the supermini market now wants, so Mazda has drawn on its frequent partnership with Toyota to broaden the Mazda2 range. Which is why the old mild hybrid Mazda2 e-SKYACTIV-G now sells alongside the car we look at here, the Mazda 2 Hybrid, a rebadged version of the current Toyota Yaris. That makes this car a full-Hybrid, which means that it's engine, unlike the e-SKYACTIV-G mild hybrid unit, can run fully electrically some of the time, which makes all the difference to the efficiency figures. You can't plug it in. But you can expect to get the most economical Mazda2 ever.

Driving Experience

This full-Hybrid Mazda2 is a very different product from its mild hybrid showroom stablemate - and you'll feel that immediately it zips more energetically away from rest. That has much to do with the dense cells used in the 0.76kWh lithium-ion battery that powers the two electric motor generators integral to its self-charging full-Hybrid drivetrain. This works with a 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol engine mated to an e-CVT auto gearbox that responds reasonably quickly to throttle inputs. Combined power output is 114bhp, but you'll only really feel that if you switch out of this car's usual 'Eco' drive mode and into the alternative 'Power' setting. There's a further 'EV' mode in which the car can run on battery power only for up to 4 miles or (in theory) at up to 80mph in totally electrified form. Rest to 62mph takes 9.7s. Beyond the city limits, you'll discover reasonably sharp handling, thanks to fairly responsive steering, a low centre of gravity and a stiff modern-era TNGA platform. You can expect refinement to be superb because it is with a Yaris Hybrid, which makes longer trips more palatable, these aided by the standardisation of 'Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control', which can automatically maintain your distance to the car in front on the highway where there's an all-electric top speed of 80mph. At lower speeds (when the battery will be your primary power source), all you really hear is a bit of muted whining under acceleration from the electrical hardware, exacerbated a little by the enhancement in regenerative braking you get when clicking the e-CVT auto gear selector into its alternative 'B' setting.

Design and Build

This isn't the first time that a Mazda supermini has based itself on a competing product. The final version of this Mazda2 model line's predecessor, the last 121 model launched in 1996, was a rebadged Ford Fiesta, though a bit more effort was made back then to differentiate the product. This time round, all this been changed are the badges on the grille, the tailgate and steering wheel. That's possibly because this Mazda2 Hybrid is actually built by Toyota on a production line alongside the Yaris. Inside, as with that Toyota, you'll notice features more commonly seen in larger cars, including a large 10-inch centre-dash infotainment touchscreen. 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring is standard. There's also a further TFT information display between the two instrument binnacle gauges. The driver's seat positions you quite low and there are plenty of soft-touch materials around the cabin. The dashboard is slim and is set quite low, with a wide and high centre console. The driver's instrument binnacle has twin digital meters flanking the TFT multi-information display, and is presented with a shallow hood. The rear part of the cabin isn't especially spacious, but the 286-litre boot area is of a versatile shape.

Market and Model

As expected, pricing broadly replicates that of the Yaris, which means a span in the £20,000 to £23,000 bracket. From launch, Mazda was asking from £20,300, with three trim levels, 'Pure', 'Agile' and 'Select'. Most customers will opyt for mid-range 'Agile' trim, which includes 15-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera, an 8-inch colour touch-screen centre display and smart keyless entry. There's also the option to add the £980 Comfort Pack which brings styling additions like gloss black bumper mouldings and a gloss black front grille with lower satin chrome surround. It also sees the addition of LED headlights and front fog lights, plus inside, the Comfort Pack adds sports style front seats with black fabric with synthetic leather trim, plus dual-zone climate control. Safety is a priority with this supermini: Mazda here has benefited from the fact that Toyota created the fourth generation Yaris to be the world's safest compact car, this design featuring significant advances in both active and passive safety systems. Standard advanced driver assistance systems include full speed-range intelligent adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist. In addition to these systems, the bodyshell has been developed to provide the best possible occupant protection, in line with stricter testing standards. For example, to provide protection in the event of a side impact, this Mazda2 Hybrid is, alongside the Yaris, the only car in its segment to be fitted with a centre airbag.

Cost of Ownership

The efficiency figures here are, as you'd expect, pretty much identical to those of the competing Yaris, so expect a WLTP-certified combined fuel economy reading between 70.6mpg and 74.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of up to 87g/km, depending on spec. To give you a point of comparison, the e-SKYACTIV-G mild hybrid Mazda2 90PS model manages up to 52.3mpg in automatic form. Quite a difference. Those in a frugal frame of mind will want to try and get as close as possible to replicating the official figures by using the instrument binnacle's left hand 'Power meter' display and as often as possible staying in its blue 'Charge' and green 'ECO' zones. There's an available 'EV' button that's supposed to fix the car in electrified motion (which can apparently take place at up to 80mph). In reality though, you'll find that the batteries are hardly ever charged up enough for you to be able to use this feature. And even when you can, it'll only last for around 4 miles. The Mazda2's residual values have always held up better than a Fiesta and a lot better than a Corsa and will stack up even more competitively now that the efficiency of this model has been improved.

Summary

Badge engineering can get confusing. Toyota has previously marketed the current third generation 'DJ/DL'-series Mazda2 as a 'Yaris' in North America. Now we're seeing the Yaris sold as the 'Mazda2' in Europe, a stop gap product until Mazda's full range of plug-in hybrid and EV products arrive. If you're going to have a stop gap product, the current fourth generation Yaris is a good one to base it on. It gives you everything you need in this day and age in a small hatch - and nothing you don't. Yes, there's a premium to pay over the older mild hybrid Mazda2, but the additional efficiency of this car's full-Hybrid powertrain should cover most of that extra cost over an ownership lifetime, at the end which you will have enjoyed a more modern product. Not a real Mazda perhaps. But a very complete supermini nonetheless.

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

The Mazda2 supermini range aims to offer all the electrification options a supermini customer might need. 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 recent times. In recent times, the car's been improved with mild hybrid tech, plus if you want full-Hybrid technology, then Mazda has a re-badged version of the impressive Toyota Yaris to offer you. It's the e-SKYACTIV-G mild hybrid range we look at primarily here though, based on a third generation 'DJ/DL'-series design that dates back to 2015 but is aging well. This model packs in some big car features into a pertly-styled body and features great real-world economy. It's still 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, updated at the end of the decade with the mild hybrid e-SKYACTIV-G technology that features in the car today. The brand doesn't have a full-Hybrid engine in its portfolio, so has borrowed one from rivals Toyota, which is sold as the Mazda2 Hybrid but is essentiually a separate product sold alongside this one. Our focus here though, is on the mild hybrid models.

Driving Experience

Buyers looking for a mild hybrid Mazda2 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. The full-Hybrid Mazda2 is very much a separate product, based entirely on a Toyota Yaris, which means it gets that car's 1.5-litre self-charging engine mated to a 80PS electric motor, giving a total system output of 116PS. Here, we're going to focus on the older mild hybrid variants, which in recent times have benefitted from a range of dynamic updates, with changes that include use of a urethane top mount in the rear dampers and revisions to the power steering to improve response and feel. In addition, there's G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) - the evolved version of Mazda's GVC system, which uses the brakes to apply direct yaw movement control in addition to engine control. Basically, it helps you get grip down through the bends. 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. In recent times, 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

Visually, mild hybrid versions of this Mazda2 are marked out by the latest evolution of Mazda's KODO design. The smarter grille features a mesh pattern, bringing it into line with the style seen on the latest generation Mazda3 hatchback, while the wider signature wing and revised headlights are supposed to heighten the car's 'sporty' appearance. At the rear, the redesigned bumper aims to give the impression of a lower stance on the road. The Mazda2 full-Hybrid is a separate design based on the Toyota Yaris, but that's not our focus here. Inside the mild hybrid variants, revisions to dashboard trims, air vent louvres, door inserts and the instrument hood are examples of how improvements to materials and design have enhanced the Mazda2's already upmarket interior. Highlighting Mazda's driver-centred focus, the enhanced front seats feature a more advanced design and structure that better supports the body and helps maintain a posture in which the pelvis is upright and the spine maintains a natural S-shaped curve. The comfort of all occupants has also been considered with a host of upgrades designed to improve refinement and interior quietness. New damping materials have been added in the cabin and a reduced gap around the base of the B-Pillar further upgrades sound insulation, as do revised sealing rubbers between the roof panel and the boot. As before, cabin quality is a level above what most other superminis provide. Plus the mild hybrid model's boot is deep and boasts 280-litres of room with the seats in place - or 960-litres when they're folded.

Market and Model

There are two kinds of Mazda2 you can choose these days: the conventional version, which features the brand's 'e-SKYACTIV G' mild hybrid petrol powerplant. And a full-Hybrid model, which is essentially just a re-badged Toyota Yaris but costs a fair bit more. It's the conventional mild hybrid variants which are our focus here. Priced from just over £16,500 to just under £21,000, the Mazda2 e-SKYACTIV-G range features a single five-door bodystyle and four revised trim levels: 'SE-L', 'Sport', 'GT Sport' and 'GT Sport Tech'. The base 'SE-L' variant is the only one you can have with the entry-level 75PS engine and features rear parking sensors, 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, navigation, climate control and cruise control. The other variants are mainly powered by the 90PS version of 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G engine and feature Mazda Connect navigation with a seven-inch colour touch-screen, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring. In addition, the safety equipment tally is enhanced with Front Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Lane-keep Assist. Top 'GT Sport Tech' trim gets you the more powerful 115PS version of this engine - which only comes with manual transmission. From 'Sport'-spec onwards, the Mazda2 is marked out by 16-inch alloy wheels, gloss black grille treatment, rear privacy glass, shark-fin antenna and a chrome exhaust trim, plus it benefits from the smart keyless entry. At the top of the range, the flagship 'GT Sport Nav trim' features high-end features normally the preserve of more expensive sectors, including a reversing camera, leather seats and a colour head-up display, plus heated front seats and steering wheel.

Cost of Ownership

Across all mild hybrid Mazda2 models, the 1.5-litre petrol engine has been refined to offer considerable efficiency improvements. The compression ratio has increased from 13.1 to 15.1, with the exhaust upgraded from a 4-1 to a 4-2-1 manifold. As a result CO2 emissions have dropped by 11 to 14g/km depending on output and transmission. As an example the popular 90PS 'Sport'-spec manual model has dropped from 120g/km to 107g/km, while across the range the corresponding improvements in economy further enhance the Mazda2's excellent cost of ownership credentials. As for fuel consumption, well the base 75PS manual model manages up to 58.9mpg on the WLTP combined cycle; for the volume 90PS manual, it's up to 60.1mpg - or up to 52.3mpg for the auto version. For the 115PS manual variant, it's up to 56.5mpg. All manual 90 and 115PS Mazda2 models benefit from mild-hybridisation thanks to the use of the Mazda M Hybrid powerplant. Utilising an antegrated start generator (B-ISG) and brake regeneration, this powerplant mobilises the B-ISG's power generation to make the most of the energy stored in the capacitor to reduce load on the engine and enable quick restart to help lower emissions and improve fuel economy with extended auto engine stop time. 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, few other rivals offer a better all-round blend of performance and efficiency, plus this improved third generation Mazda2 in mild hybrid form delivers extra efficiency, 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 GOOD TO BE 2? (family) 13/12/2021

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 (26 reviews)

Mrs B Bream - 20/03/20, owner of a Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv-G GT Sport Nav

User rating: 4.5/5

User comment:
So far I find my Mazda 2 GT sport a wonderful car in every way. There is only one small comment to make, I find the gear change a little clunky compared to my old Mazda 3.

Mr Brian Hart - 15/08/2019, owner of a Mazda 2 1.5 GT Sport Nav+ 5dr [Leather] 2018

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
Very nice car. Powerful engine saying there is no turbo. Comfortable. Everything to hand. Really like driving this car.

Mr Ronald Malin - 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.

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