Mazda 2 – best small cars

Sporty handling is a given with Mazda’s models, and the 2 is one of the sharpest superminis around

Our pick: 1.5 90 PS SE-L

The fourth-generation Mazda 2 has a tough job on its hands; not only does it have to compete against the UK’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, it goes up against the Vauxhall Corsa, VW Polo, Peugeot 208 and even the Audi A1 and MINI 5dr.

Taking cues from the CX-5, Mazda 6 and Mazda 3, it features a chiseled exterior and a plush interior with more space and a bigger boot than before – thanks to an 80mm increase in wheelbase. It’s great fun to drive, too, thanks to its low kerbweight, agile chassis and a range of SKYACTIV engines and transmissions.
A punchy yet efficient 1.5 SKYACTIV-G petrol is available in three power outputs and with new six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes, while the 1.5 SKYACTIV-D is only available with 104bhp and a manual gearbox, but returns incredible fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 83.1mpg and 89g/km – putting it among the cleanest cars in its class.

The Mazda 2 is packed with technology, too, including a head-up display, a seven-inch central touchscreen with excellent smartphone connectivity and safety kit including an auto brake function and lane departure warning.

Best small cars 2017

  1. Volkswagen Polo
  2. MINI
  3. Citroen C4 Cactus
  4. Skoda Citigo
  5. Suzuki Baleno
  6. Skoda Fabia
  7. Mazda 2
  8. Ford Fiesta
  9. Citroen C3
  10. Mazda CX-3

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