Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The Mazda2 shares its 'monocoque' chassis with its cousin, the Ford Fiesta. It's engineered to be enjoyed. The Mazda2 is nimble and fun to drive with the curvaceous looks to match. The current generation design has been on sale Down Under since August 2007 and the range received a mid-life facelift in May 2010 that refreshed the Mazda2.

In October 2011 the Mazda2 range received a tech change that brought with it a number of upgrades at no extra cost.

The Mazda2 Neo gains cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls and side and curtain SRS airbags as standard. Cruise control is also standard on the Mazda2 Maxx.

Meanwhile the top-of-the-range Mazda2 Genki also gains a host of added features including rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps, trip computer and climate control air-conditioning.
Not so good There’s not much to critique when it comes to the "2’s" design and engineering; engineers concentrated on saving weight wherever possible (including even the radio aerial).
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The interior features a clean design that has reasonable material quality and ergonomically positioned controls, making the Mazda2’s interior a pleasant place to be. The centre console and dash employs a funky modern design which follows through to the instrument cluster. Front visibility is great offering front occupants a wide viewing angle.
Not so good Interior storage is minimal and the open glove box doesn’t fully utilise the space. Rear leg and head room is tight but not unusual for a Supermini. And although the overall design of the 2's interior is quite funky, Mazda could inject some colour into the dark cabin.
Performance

Performance

Good The Mazda2 range is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 76kW of power and 137Nm of torque. Sending power to the front wheels is a 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

The 5-speed manual transmission is tight and encourages precise gear selection, while the automatic transmission is confident of which gear it’s in and shifts smoothly.
Not so good Powered by a modest 1.5-litre four cylinder engine, its fuel consumption figure is not class-leading but still competitive amongst the Supermini's. The automatic transmission isn't quite as fun as the manual, but the automatic is great for the daily commute.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good A reasonably high-revving engine and a great steering & suspension combination relate to confidence on the road. Thanks to the efforts by Mazda’s engineers the Mazda 2 is lighter than the previous model which further enhances the Mazda2’s handling and cornering capabilities.

There is no doubting Mazda's handling and ride credentials. And the Mazda2 is no exception. Steering feel is great, offering the driver a pleasant amount of feedback for a Supermini.
Not so good A bit of rain affects the grip on the '2'; stickier tyres would be a big advantage.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good The Mazda2 is reasonably priced for its quality & style; its contemporary design won’t date as fast as some of its competitors.
Not so good Not too many negatives about owning a Mazda; reliable build quality and looking better than ever. Servicing and Parts costs are comparable amongst other Supermini's.