Mazda 2 (2003–2007)

Model History

March 2003

Fiesta/Fusion based Mazda/Ford built at Valencia. Size is 3,925mm long by 1,680mm wide by 1,545mm high: slightly smaller but taller than the 4,020mm x 1,708mm x 1,503mm Fiesta Fusion.

Compact hatchback/estate, like the Honda Jazz and the Ford Fusion, with benefit of low rear load sill and no loading lip. Replaces Mazda’s previous Demio and is itself called Demio in Japan where it gets Mazda rather than Ford engines.

Cargo space is 330 litres with the seats up. Engines are Ford’s 75ps 1.25 litre Zetec S /Duratec 16v (0-60 14.8, top speed 101), 80ps 1.4 litre (0-60 13.6, top speed 102), 100ps 1.6 litre (0-60 11.1, top speed 112) and 68ps 1.4 litre PSA/Ford 1.4 common rail diesel (0-50 14.7, top speed 100).

Transmission options include automated manual shift for both petrol and diesel engines. Works like a Tiptroninc, but the logical way round: forward shifts down and back shifts up. Safety features include ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Dynamic Stability Control.

On sale in UK from late March 2003. Nice and very useful little car. Sportier, more lively and much more fun to drive than Fusion, despite sharing same floorpan and production line.

Mazda 2 1.25S £8,760 IG 2E CO2 149g/km Economy 44.8mpg
Mazda 2 1.4TS £9,995 IG 3E CO2 154g/km Economy 43.5mpg
Mazda 2 1.4TS2 £10,995 IG 4E 154g/km Economy 43.5mpg
Mazda 2 1.6 Sport £11.996 IG 6E CO2 168g/km Economy 39.8mpg
Mazda 2 1.4S diesel: £9,695 IG 3E CO2 119g/km Economy 62.8mpg
Mazda 2 1.4TS diesel: £10,495 IG 3E 119g/km Economy 62.8mpg
Mazda 2 1.4TS2 diesel: £11,495 IG 4E 119g/km Economy 62.8mpg

Entry price cut to £8,495 from March 2003.

November 2003

ASM (Auto Shift Manual) added to line up November 2003, prices from £10,000. Uses one electric motor for clutch and two others to shift the gears, all controlled by an ECU. Has fully automatic mode as well as manual over-ride so can be driven by automatic only licence holders. Has creep function in 1st or reverse, anti overheating, steep descent anti-upshift, ascent change down, accelerator lift off upshift. ASM 1.4 petrol does 102mph, 0-60 in 14.7 seconds, 43.5mpg combined, emits 154g/km CO2 (VED Group B) and is Euro IV compliant. Costs £10,000 for S or £11,300 for TS2.

ASM 1.4 diesel does 100mph, 0-60 in 16 seconds, 62.8mpg combined, emits 119g/km CO2 (VED Group AA diesel) and is Euro III compliant. Costs £10,300. Four Star NCAP crash safety rating with three stars for child protection. 3rd top marque in 2004 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey.

March 2006

Upgraded with new front and rear lights, New ‘all-black’ rear pillar trim, Newly-designed 16-inch alloy wheels (available on Capella), Three new exterior colours, Retractable key, standard all models, New seat and door trim fabrics, Improved steering wheel audio controls, New audio/CD player, Two new interior colours, Khaki or Black, Improved 1.4-litre common-rail turbo diesel is Euro Stage 4 compliant, ASM (auto shift manual) transmission available with 1.4-litre petrol engine, ABS, electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (EBA) standard.

What does a Mazda 2 (2003 – 2007) cost?

List Price from £15,820
Buy new from £14,210
Contract hire from £156.43 per month