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On November 4, 2011
Last modified:April 21, 2012


Mazda 2 is an interesting car to drive inside town. Most of the car reviewers isn't happy with the performance because it is not appealing as class leaders.

The Mazda 2 Hatchback steps up as a very interesting competitor to Peugeot 207, Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. Mazda 2 hatchback review is based on analysis of various car reviews published online. It is an exciting car when compared with the previous model as many positive additions have been added. It is very nice to drive and will maintain the Mazda characteristics that so many people love.

The core ethics of the original Mazda 2 car have been maintained. We are in front of a car that is filled with good equipment; it is well built and offers a reasonable price. There is also a first in the addition of a 3-doors version.

You will quickly notice that it is really easy to drive the car in cities due to the light steering offered, and the fact that it will respond fast. It is well weighted and can perform comfortably even when faced with roads that are too twisted. You can easily understand the differences between the existing models. The engine choices are going to offer enough versatility for most possible tastes. The new models include improved exterior and interior-design tweaks and a better suspension.

Mazda 2 Prices

Potential buyers will love the fact that the price differences between different models are not that high. The cheapest Mazda 2 Hatchback is the 75 1.3 TS, which costs £10,305. The most expensive one is the 95 1.6D Sport model, which costs £ 14,765.

Power and Performance

Even if the Mazda 2 Hatchback 1.3 litre engine is the entry-level  model, it is actually more than enough for most possible buyers. It is a great engine that is fast and can offer great driving experiences in town driving. It is safe enough for good overtaking procedures and comes in two base choices. One is of 74 bhp and the other one is of 85 bhp. The 85 bhp model can reach 62 mph in 12.9 seconds, and the maximum speed is of 107 mph. If you are looking for a model that is better on the motorway you should focus on the 1.5 litre, which boasts 100 bhp. It can reach 62 mph in 10.4 seconds. When looking for diesel engines you should know that they are going to accelerate slower, but they do bring in really good miles per gallon ratings.

The performance is a lot better and now the engines have better emissions and economy. The automatic gearbox is offered for the first time in this line and the only real problem that should be mentioned is that this is mostly a town car. On the motorway, you might be bothered by engine sound.

Interior and Exterior

The ride comfort is quite good and we have enough legroom and head room. The Mazda 2 Hatchback should be comfortable for all people but in the back we recommend that you only go with 2 adults or 3 children. Most of the car reviews state that road noise will disturb you at high speed. When driving through the town the cabin is very quiet. Even if the new Mazda 2 has better suspensions that in the past, there will still be some problems as it is stiff.

One problem in design can be noticed in the boot. The high lip will make it tough for transporting heavy items. The actual space is average, but you can gain more if you fold the rear seats. This makes up a total of 787 litres, which should be enough for most people. However, we can say that the overall design of the car is quite attractive. This goes for both the interior and the exterior, and it is sure that you will get used with the minor problems.

Safety and Reliability

Mazda 2 Hatchback gained very good results from Euro NCAP. It got 5 out of 5 stars for passenger protection. Every single car will get ABS, dual front airbags, good seatbelts and even a car alarm. The TS2 models and higher will also have curtain and side airbags included as standard.

Referring to reliability there is not much that can be said. Mazda stands out as a really reliable brand, and we couldn’t find anything to say that Mazda 2 will not be the same. No major problems have been reported by owners.

eBest Cars Verdict

The only real problem stands is the loud engine on motorway, but most drivers will use this car in the town anyway. In addition, the boot problem can be solved so we need to focus on the other elements. Thanks to low tax bands Mazda 2 is economical to run. The green credentials are pretty impressive with 1.4 diesel engine, which emits 107g/km of CO2 and fuel economy of 67.3mpg. The Mazda 2 Hatchback is a serious competitor on the market, and you need to consider it.

Mazda 2 Pictures

Pictures by www.mazda.co.uk

Mazda 2 is an interesting car to drive inside town. Most of the car reviewers isn't happy with the performance because it is not appealing as class leaders.

About the author: Ahmad Wali


Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter


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