Mazda2 Road Test (2014)

Mazda2 (Interior View) (2014)
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Mazda2 Review

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thoroughly likeable and quite fun-to-drive small family hatchback...

Comfort and Refinement

Seat comfort is reasonable and the seats in the test car have an unusual scratchy graphic on them that looks a bit odd at first but which we came to quite like with familiarity. The driving position is very good, with plenty of adjustment to set the seat and steering wheel precisely where you want them. Air conditioning is a standard feature on all versions, and the uprated climate control is installed on this top model.

The car’s refinement is not quite so pleasing. Around town it is fine, quiet and smooth-running. Work the engine a bit harder though, it starts to become quite a lot noisier. Drive a long distance on a motorway and you’ll be rather glad to get out for a break at the Services. That said, it is not significantly worse than other small cars when they’re being stretched, but something to bear in mind of you are likely to use the car for a lot of extended-distance work.

Safety and Security

A five-star Euro NCAP overall rating, with four star score for child safety, confirms the Mazda2’s safety credentials, but it managed just two stars for pedestrian safety. Overall it’s a pretty fair result for a small family hatchback, but there is not much in the way of electronic safety aids to keep you out of trouble in adverse conditions.

Infotainment

This top-spec Venture model has standard climate control air conditioning, cruise control, automatic wipers and headlights, audio controls of the leather-covered steering wheel, TomTom satnav with a 5.8 inch touch screen, integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit for your mobile phone and music, all-round electric windows and sporty seat trim with red stitching. The audio system’s sound quality is very acceptable.

Rivals
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Hyundai i20
  • Nissan Micra
  • Peugeot 208
  • Renault Clio
  • Vauxhall Corsa
What We Liked
  • Fun to drive with good driving dynamics
  • Comfortable driving position
  • Nippy and manoeuvrable around town
  • Grippy handling
  • Well equipped for the money
  • Good interior stowage
  • Mazda’s strong reputation for reliability
What We Disliked
  • Small boot, less roomy than some rivals’
  • Ride quality is a bit harsh
  • Quite noisy at motorway pace
  • No diesel so no high-mpg version
What We Would Like To See
  • A more compliant ride to iron out the bumps a bit better
Conclusion

The Mazda2 is a thoroughly likeable and quite fun-to-drive small family hatchback at a fair price. It’s noisier when stretched than some, but better around the bends than many cars of a similar price. Worth considering if you are in the market for a car this size.

15 January 2014 Sue Baker
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Mazda2 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda 1.3 Venture 5-door
  
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourAquatic Blue Mica
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph13.6 Seconds
Top Speed 107 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypePetrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban45.6 mpg
Extra Urban65.7 mpg
Combined56.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group11
Euro NCAP Rating5-Stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 15/01/14)£13,295

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