Mazda2 (Front / Side View) (2014)
Mazda2 (Rear / Side View) (2014)

Ride and Handling

The suspension set-up is fully independent at the front end with MacPherson struts, and torsion beam multi-link suspension at the rear end. On the ride-handling front, Mazda seems to have given priority to the car's behaviour through the bends, and its handling calibre is pretty good for a modestly sized and quite modestly priced five-door hatchback. It clings on to the corners pretty grippily and is quite a fun drive. That's perhaps not surprising when it is based on the same structure as a Fiesta, which is widely rated as a benchmark model for cars of similar size.

Where the Mazda2 is a bit more disappointing is in its ride quality, which does not feel quite as well-sorted as a Fiesta's or some other rivals´┐Ż. The suspension is set relatively firmly, and over a coarse road surface it can rattle your fillings. Avoid potholes if you can, because the Mazda2 is inclined to jar quite a bit when going over them.

Ease of Use

It is a mixed bag on the convenience front. The Mazda2 has a tiny boot, just 250 litres, which is smaller than some of its key rivals including the Fiesta. Fortunately it can be increased by folding the rear seat-backs, and the maximum carrying capacity goes up to 787 litres if, say, you want to do a DIY store trip with just one passenger alongside the driver.

The cabin, though, is pretty well endowed with stowage space for a car this size. There are lots of handy cubbyholes around the interior, including a practical shelf set into the fascia above the glove-box, positioned very usefully as a place to stow things for quick access.

Mazda has done a good job with this car ergonomically. The switchgear is well positioned and pleasingly tactile, and the instruments are well-designed with clean, easy-to-read graphics and an easy-on-the-eyes soft reddish glow at night.

It is worth noting that you do get a space-saver spare wheel, rather than the puny temporary puncture repair kit that is all some cars have.

Mazda2 Road Test | Part Three
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