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Review: The Mazda 2

February 13, 2015

If you’re one of our regulars, you’ll know we’re very fond of this Mazda supermini, the Mazda 2. It scored highly in our top 5 superminis of 2014 and we weren’t the only ones who gave the little Japanese car top marks. Its third generation model won the Car of the Year Award in 2008 and its fourth generation won it again last year. The 2014/2015 Mazda 2 managed to take home this prestigious award by being economical, efficient, well-designed and fun to drive. Let’s take a closer look at this amazing supermini in today’s Mazda 2 review!

Mazda 2 front

Original image by Atzerok

Design

Frankly, the 2015 Mazda 2 is the best looking supermini on the market today. It’s an incredibly sporty looking car in which Mazda has managed to find the perfect balance between squat overhangs and a high base. The lines started by the headlights come together underneath the grill to create one of the most prominent and iconic noses of any car on the market today. And the beautiful design doesn’t stop outside – the interior of the 2015 Mazda 2 is every bit as stunning. The dashboard is a work of art – it’s smooth, well-designed and minimalistic. We hope that more manufacturers take notice of the Mazda 2’s dash; finding a control cluster this uncluttered is a rarity in 2015.

Performance & Handling

The 2015 Mazda 2 offer a choice of two newly designed engines: a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. If you’re opting for the petrol, you’ll have a choice between 74bhp, 89bhp or 113bhp output and either a manual or automatic gearbox. Fewer options are available for the diesel engine, which is only available as a 104bhp manual. But no matter which engine you pick, the Mazda 2 handles like a dream. Mazda has really put the ‘super’ in this supermini. Crisp and clean reactions, easy, yet powerful revs and smooth and quiet handling make the Mazda 2 an amazing car to drive. The entry level option returns a little over 60 miles to a gallon and emits 110g/km, making it an affordable car to drive as well.

Features

And like any proper Japanese car, the 2015 Mazda 2 comes with a lot of kit. The entry level models already enjoy remote locking and electric windows – and for a little extra, you can add air-conditioning. In the SE-L model and upward, a gorgeous 7 inch touchscreen is mounted prominently on the dash, further enhancing the car’s already amazing interior. Although the car isn’t the most spacious in its segment, the ergonomics of the Mazda 2 are remarkable. Seat and steering wheel adjustments are incredibly dynamic and you’re guaranteed to enjoy the most satisfying driving position you’ve ever had.

The starting price of the entry level car is £11,995 – so not the cheapest in the segment, but certainly not the most expensive either. Especially with the amazing design and extensive kit, even at entry level, the 2015 Mazda 2 is definitely worth that price tag.

Mazda 2 side

Original image by Bill Abbott

Are you set on this supermini but having trouble getting car loans for a Mazda 2? The Car Loan Warehouse is here to help! We specialise in Mazda finance and can help you find a finance plan that suits your budget. Try our finance calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.