Which small hatchback is best?

I am thinking of changing my Hyundai ix20 Style for a Mazda 2 Sport Nav (either 90PS or 115PS). I would like better responsiveness and more comfortable front seats than is provided by the ix20.

Before I commit myself I wondered whether there is any other make and model of vehicle similar (in price, performance and the features offered) to the Sport Nav which I might have missed whilst researching. The 90PS does 0-62 in 9.4 secs and the 115PS does 0-62 in 8.7 secs, whereas my ix20 does 0-62 in 12.9 secs. I would appreciate your views please.

Asked on 4 August 2016 by Cathy Osland-Jones

Answered by Honest John
I rate the Mazda 2 1.5 very highly. Great looks, decent performance, good handling, nice steering feel and excellent satnav. Others have more room. A Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 125 is good to drive but at the end of its model life. So is Suzuki Swift.
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