The Mazda2 is equipped with ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) as standard, with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) available on the automatic model.
It is nice to see all models come with air conditioning, with top of the range models featuring automatic climate control air conditioning.
The Mazda2 boasts some of the segment's largest head and shoulder room, and that is evident when sitting in the car the cabin feels spacious and airy. There is ample space for driver and front passenger, and rear passengers aren't left out, with enough space for two adults in the back, although not necessarily on longer drives.
It was on longer journeys that we started to notice some downfalls of the Mazda2. On two occasions, we found that both as a driver and passenger, the seats don't provide enough support and comfort also road and wind noise also became intrusive, especially when driving at the national speed limit.
The dash features the mp3 compatible CD/radio, with the piano black surround serving as a focal point. This shapely design has been carried over from the previous version of the Mazda2, and with good reason; it looks attractive and reaffirms the idea of quality and is in keeping with the overall look of the interior.
Located below the handbrake is an AUX input, for MP3 players, iPods and any device with a 3.5mm jack output. Whilst this is a welcome and very helpful addition to a standard stereo, there isn't a well defined area in which to sit your mp3 player, with the only realistic place being the drink holder.
Door speakers are now neodymium, a change from the ferrite type, allowing for a narrower design and weight saving – along with making the plastic moulding single-piece, a saving of .98kg was been achieved on the speakers alone.
Sound reproduction is pleasant, with crisp, clear vocals and good levels treble, mid and bass. If it weren't for the lack of mp3 player storage, the stereo would be hard to compete with on a like-for-like basis.
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What We Liked
- Level of standard equipment
- Interior design
- Automatic gearbox
What We Disliked
- Road noise on the motorway
- Lack of mid-range power
- Manual rear windows
What We'd Like to See
- All-round electric windows
- A standard glovebox
- Six airbags as standard across the range
It is important to remember what the Mazda2's primary role is; carting children, friends, shopping and possibly the dog to, from and around town, and if that's what you use it for, there aren't many problems. It is, at the end of the day, easy to use and competitively priced - there are also some fun sporty-looking add-ons available if that's your kind of thing.
For town drivers who normally drive manual cars, it is definitely worth considering the automatic option, when we were test driving the car, we were unfortunate enough to get stuck in some road works, but thanks to the automatic gearbox we found the traffic easy to cope with.
If you will be regularly tackling dual carriageways or motorways, then the automatic Mazda2 might be less attractive and the 1.6 turbo diesel 5 speed manual model may be a more suitable.25 May 2011
Mazda Mazda2 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mazda Mazda Mazda2 TS2|
|Colour||Aquatic Blue Mica|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.9 Seconds|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||53.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 25/05/11)||£12,375|