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Mazda 2 (2003–2007)

Last updated 22 November 2016

Sportier, livelier and more fun to drive than the Fiesta on which it is based. Easy access to the boot. Keen value.
Some rivals offer more cabin space.
Updated 22 November 2016

Report of 2006 Mazda 2 1.4 diesel losing power and displaying EAC on the dashboard. Could only be driven slowly in 1st gear. Likely to be failed injectors, which is a common problem on the 1.4HDI/TDCI...

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Is it a Fiesta? Is it a Fusion? Confusion, it's a Mazda 2.

Instead of offering two variations of the new Valencia Ford Fiesta, Ford offers three and calls one of them a Mazda. But unlike the old Mazda 121, which was no more than a badge-engineered Dagenham Fiesta, the Mazda 2 has been completely re-engineereed.

And that's the point of it. At the back you get the lowest loading sill in the new Fiesta range. (Nearly as low as a Yaris Verso.) You get a fairly flat floor when you fold the seats, because Mazda sorted out the seat squab mechanism. You get a brighter, funkier interior. And you get a shopping car that's a lot more fun to drive than any Fiesta or Fusion.

You also gain an element of exclusivity because Mazda doesn't expect to sell many, concentrating its efforts instead on bigger, more profitable machines like the forthcoming Mazda 3 and the excellent Mazda 6.

Mazda 2 2003 Road Test


Owners' reviews

Spacious, reliable but not great on fuel
Reliable, but let down by poor service from dealer and Mazda UK
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