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Mazda 2

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Summary


The Mazda 2 (styled by the company as the Mazda2) is a small, supermini-class five-door hatchback. The current model is the third generation to carry the ‘2’ name, following on from previous small Mazdas known as 121 or Demio.

The current-generation was launched in late 2014, and received a major update in late 2019. There have been various limited-edition specifications over the years, and the 1.5-litre diesel model has been dropped along the way.

The Mazda 2 has received positive reviews from the UK motoring media over the last five years, although more recent reviews do rate it lower than older reviews as newer rivals have arrived on the scene. It currently holds an Expert Rating of 66% (as of March 2022), which puts it in the midfield of a large pack of superminis.

The 2 has been praised for its comfort and fuel economy, particularly the latest SkyActiv petrol engines. However, it has been criticised for being cramped – especially in the back seats – and for feeling rather dated compared to newer rivals.

There will be a completely different model called the Mazda 2 Hybrid arriving in 2022 – this is completely unrelated to the existing Mazda 2, and is nothing but a rebadged Toyota Yaris to help Mazda meet its EU and UK emissions requirements. The current model will still be sold alongside the Toyota version, which will inevitably be confusing for customers.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol
Price: From £15,940 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2014
Last updated: Autumn 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: April 2015

86%

ADULT OCCUPANT

78%

CHILD OCCUPANT

84%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

64%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.5-litre petrol manual
Date tested: September 2021

5.9 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

6.9 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

5.6 / 10

GREENHOUSE GAS INDEX

The rating above only applies to the 1.5-litre petrol manual variant of the Mazda 2. It does not apply to any other engine/gearbox combination.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the [Make and Model name] has received

2015

  • Car Dealer Power Awards – Car of the Year
  • Green Apple Awards – Best Supermini
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Supermini
  • Northern Ireland Car of the Year Awards – Best Supermini

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