Mazda2 Review (2008)


Mazda Mazda2 Review

Mazda2 Review | Part TwoMazda2 Road Test

The new Mazda2 was originally previewed at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show and the first cars arrived in the UK in September 2007.

The new Mazda2 was originally previewed at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show and the first cars arrived in the UK in September 2007.

We liked the outgoing Mazda2 when we tested it in September 2003 but unfortunately it never really appealed to a mass audience. However, the all new Mazda2 has been designed with a world audience in mind, from the young fashionable buyer to the more mature conservative motorist.

There are three trim levels, TS, TS2 and Sport - prices start from £8,099 for the Mazda2 1.3 3 door TS - through to £ 11,899 for the 1.5 5door Sport model. There is now a choice of 3-doors or 5-doors, the extra 2-doors has a premium of £500 over the funky 3-door which would possibly appeal to a young buyer or those of you needing a wider door opening.

All of the Mazda2 range is well equipped for instance on the top of the range Sport model you get as standard auto on headlights, rain sensing windscreen wipers and cruise control, functions which were once the privilege of expensive executive car owners.

You have the choice of three four-cylinder petrol engines and one four-cylinder diesel engine all have five-speed manual gearboxes. There are two 1.3 litre petrol engines a 75ps, and slightly higher outputting 86ps which both incidentally return 52.3 mpg on the combined fuel cycle and output 129g/km of CO2. For those of you who want a bit more power then there is the 1.5 litre 103ps petrol engine, which returns 47.9 mpg, outputs just 140g/km of Co2 and is capable of 117 mph.

And for those of you wishing to do more to the gallon there is a 1.4 litre turbocharged diesel engine, which produces 68ps and returns around 65 mpg, yet only produces 140 g/m of Co2.which currently means you will only be paying £35 in road tax.

We drove a five door Mazda2 with the 1.3 86ps petrol engine and were left impressed by its relative refinement. On the road it was quite perky and willing to entertain, 0- 62 mph takes a respectable 12.9 seconds, with a top speed 107 mph.

Mazda2 Review | Part Two
Mazda2 Review | Part TwoMazda2 Road Test
Mazda Mazda2 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda Mazda Mazda2 1.3 TS2
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourAurora Blue Mica
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.9 Seconds
Top Speed 107 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban40.9 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined52.3 mpg
Insurance Group4
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year or 60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 20/05/08)£10,109

The information contained within this Mazda 2 review may have changed since publication on the 20 May 2008. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Mazda dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2019