Mazda 2 (2015) Review

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Mazda 2 (2015) At A Glance

Impressive small hatch that offers a fine blend of comfort and handling. Good economy. Well equipped as standard. The best looking and altogether nicest small car in the class.

No spare wheel - just a tyre repair kit. Some build quality issues.

Insurance Groups are between 11–20
On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure

Mazda is on a roll these days, with an impressive range of cars that are good to drive, stylish and practical. Those ingredients have now been distilled into the smallest model in the range – the Mazda2. The result is a success, giving big players like the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta something to worry about.

Like the old 2, the latest model is a great car to drive. The gear change is wonderfully slick, the suspension offers a great blend of comfort and handling and the steering is direct and precise. It lacks the feel of the previous model, but it’s still up there with the best little hatches on sale.

Performance is best from the 115PS petrol or 105PS diesel, but the less powerful 90PS and 75PS petrol models are perfectly capable for most drivers – though they do run out of puff on hills and motorways. The diesel offers great in gear performance thanks to a 220Nm torque output, but it is a lot pricier than the petrol models.

Emissions are low across the board thanks to Mazda’s SkyActiv technology. Overall the diesel offers the best figures on paper, with emissions of 89g/km and economy of 83.1mpg. The cleanest petrol is the 90PS model, with emissions of 105g/km and economy of 62.8mpg.

The cabin of the Mazda2 gets plenty of nice modern touches including an intuitive, easy-to-use touchscreen with and impressive nav system and, on higher trim levels, an optional safety pack with head up display, lane departure warning and cross traffic alert to help with reversing out of parking spaces. There’s also DAB radio and smartphone connectivity to make life easier.

Prices are competitive for the most part, but picking the more powerful petrol engine or the diesel will push them up. In fact, if you’re tempted by the extra power then you might as well save a few more pounds and buy a proper hot hatch. For everyone else, the 90PS Mazda2 makes a great alternative to the usual Fiestas and Corsas and is well worth a test drive. 

Mazda2 1.5 automatic 2015 road test

Mazda2 1.5 diesel manual 2015 road test

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Real MPG average for a Mazda 2 (2015)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

91%

Real MPG

40–83 mpg

MPGs submitted

308

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

What's the best nearly new car for around £7000?
I'm looking to purchase a car for £7000 - £8000 and was wondering what models you think would be best to look at in terms of reliability? I'm looking for something with around 30,000 to 40,000 miles on it, preferably under three years old, and can be new or used. For example I found a pre-reg Kia Picanto 2019 model for £7500, but then if you look into the used market there are Kia Ceed's going for around £8500, used of course with around 30k miles on them. I'm really interested in Japanese cars, but don't know where to start when it comes to shopping with those. I'm looking to run this car into the ground so the newer the better so I know all the maintenance has been done well and the car has been looked after, which is why buying new (pre-reg) is tempting. I'd really appreciate some advice from you.
It probably comes down to how much space you need and what kind of driving you do. If you cover quite a lot of miles or need a big boot, something the size of the Kia Ceed would be the best option. If you only use your car for short journeys and only carry one or two people, look for something smaller and newer like the Picanto. A nearly-new Kia Picanto would be a great little car and it'll come with the remainder of Kia's seven-year warranty. Small Japanese cars like the Toyota Aygo and Mazda 2 aren't as good as the Picanto. The Honda Jazz is a bit bigger but could be a good option - it's very reliable and ultra practical.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best convertible, in your opinion?
I'm looking for a convertible for a second car. I already own a 2009 Mazda 2, which is nippy enough for town but lacks acceleration for overtaking and for motorways. My dad likes the Mercedes-Benz SLK two seater convertible, but I'm not sold. I would prefer something like a Z4. Please let me know what your top choice would be.
If you're looking for a two-seater convertible, we'd recommend a Mazda MX-5. They're more fun to drive than the SLK and Z4, and cheaper to run. It's a really good (safe) introduction to rear-wheel-drive cars, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My car has to be parked under my neighbour's tree - can you suggest a car cover to protect it?
My new Mazda 2 has to be parked on my drive, overshadowed by my next-door-neighbour's silver birch tree. I'm thinking of buying a protective cover for the car. Can you offer some advice on which cover to buy?
Breathability is important when you're buying a car cover because moisture trapped under a cover can damage the paintwork. But you generally want something that's easy to use, fits well and has enough tethering to secure the cover in high winds. It comes down to whether you want something cheap that does the job or a cover that offers a bit more quality. I'd recommend the Halfords all-seasons car cover, but it pricier than a lot of the alternatives you'll see on Amazon. The Oxgord car cover is also well-rated. Aside from the actual cover, there are some things to bear in mind about covering a car. Don't put a cover on a wet or dirty car, it needs to breathe. Likewise, don't keep the cover on for days at a time. If the cover becomes saturated with water, then stays on the car, the water can get into the paint. Then when it gets warmer, blisters can appear in the paintwork. Also, try to find a loose fitting car cover, tight fitting covers don't let the air circulate - which (again) is essential.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Is the Skoda Yeti auto gearbox problematic?
My wife favours a used Skoda Yeti petrol auto for local, rural journeys and the occasional long trip. I hear that the Yeti automatic gearbox can be iffy. Any recommendations?
Believe what you heard. The only decent DSG in the Yeti is the DQ250 wet clutch 6-speed and you only get that in the 2.0-litre TDI. Small automatics with reliable automatics include the Honda Jazz CVT-7, the Toyota Yaris hybrid epicyclic CVT, all Mazda from the 2 to the 6 with 6-speed torque converter autos, all Peugeot and Citroen with EAT6 torque converter autos, the Suzuki Baleno, Suzuki Swift and Suzuki Vitara with 6-speed torque converter autos, and the Ssangyong Tivoli with 6-speed torque converter auto.
Answered by Honest John

What does a Mazda 2 (2015) cost?

Buy new from £14,210 (list price from £15,820)
Contract hire from £156.43 per month
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