Mazda 2 (2007 – 2015) Review

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Mazda 2 (2007 – 2015) At A Glance


+Enjoyable and fun to drive. Economical engines. Sensibly priced. Feels well built. Ride harshness over bumps improved for 2011.

-Interior plastics aren't soft to touch. Side bump strips a dealer-fit option. rear seats don't fold flat.

Insurance Groups are between 9–16
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

Alongside more recent rivals the Mazda2, introduced in 2007, is starting to show its age. The cabin layout looks outdated and the materials don’t feel particularly plush, while exterior styling no longer stands out as radical or dramatic. That said, there is still appeal thanks to fun driving dynamics and peppy engines.

Refinement isn’t impressive next to cars like the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo. A lot of engine noise makes it into the cabin even under normal driving conditions and road noise isn’t particularly well suppressed. The suspension could offer better ride quality, too – but they payoff is great handling in bends.

On a B-road the Mazda2 is excellent fun, with precise, well-weighted steering, a slick gear change and good body control. There’s plenty of feedback from the car, which inspires confidence. It’s not as good of an all-rounder as the Fiesta, but in terms of fun it does give the popular Ford a run for its money, along with the Suzuki Swift.

The Mazda2 has been offered with various different petrol and diesel engine options over its lifetime but the range is simpler now. There is a 1.3-litre petrol with either 75PS or 84PS, or a 1.5-litre petrol with 102PS paired to an automatic transmission. Emissions for both 1.3-litre variants are respectible, if not remarkable, at 115g/km, with official economy of 56.5mpg

Space inside isn’t bad, nor is it particularly impressive – adults will fit in the back and the boot is big enough for a shopping trip at 250 litres, but there are more practical options on sale including the Skoda Fabia or Honda Jazz, both of which have better cabin finish.

The Mazda2 is competitively priced and offers low running costs, but it is now out of date compared to its rivals. For someone who lives in a rural area and enjoys driving it could be the right choice if a good deal can be made, but for most there are better options on sale. 

Mazda 2 1.5 Activematic 2010 Road Test and Video

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Real MPG average for a Mazda 2 (2007 – 2015)


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Average performance


Real MPG

26–67 mpg

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Am I wasting my money using super unleaded fuel?
"I have three cars - 2011 Mazda MX5 Roadster 2.0-litre, 2011 Mazda 2 TS2 1.35-litre and 2016 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI SEL. I am using Shell V-POWER U/L in all of these. Is this okay or am I wasting my money?"
Very okay. You will be getting better performance: more torque at low rpm and will be keeping your fuel systems and valves clean. Stay with it.
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Does the Ford Fiesta use a DSG gearbox?
"I have test driven a Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Powershift and was really impressed with it. However, I've now been told by men 'in the know' that its probably a DSG gearbox and I should avoid it. Is this true? I have about £9000 to spend and need an automatic. How can I find out if this Fiesta is DSG? Could you suggest an alternative car approx same size, or a smidgen larger?"
Brilliant to drive, but it is a Powershift twin dry clutch box and it has had clutch pack issues. This one may already have had a clutch pack replacement and you might be able to find out via a Ford dealer. You can avoid twin clutch autos and automated manuals with a Mazda 2 1.5 Activmatic, KIA Picanto 1.25 four-speed torque converter auto, Hyundai i10 1.25 four-speed torque converter auto, or a Honda Jazz 1.4iVTEC CVT-7. Avoid Nissan CVTs.
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Best all-season tyre for Mazda 2?
"I'm trying to purchase all-season tyres for my Mazda 2 (2011 model). Mazda's recommended tyre size is 185 55 R15 82 V. The Michelin website says Cross Climates won't fit my car. Should I fit Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons? Will the H speed rating affect my insurance, as it differs from Mazda's recommendation? "
Don't worry. And Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons are now improved. They are almost as good as Cross Climates.
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Best warm hatch for under £5k?
"I am 18 and have just started on an apprenticeship course. I currently have a 2001 Renault Clio 1.2 petrol and am looking to upgrade. Ideally I'd like something that's relatively powerful and can sit on the motorway comfortably but also have good handling, body control and preferably a manual as I enjoy driving very much. I have considered a Renault Clio RS which are supposed to be great fun but the only thing I'm concerned about is the price of insurance. Is there anything that I may have missed?"
Insurance is going to be a problem. Instead I'd look at a Mazda 2 1.3TS2. Bit of a raw ride but handle better than a Fiesta, don't use too much fuel and should be more insurable than something with an RS tag on its name. Alternatively a Suzuki Swift 1.5.
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