Mazda 2 - best small cars

Mazda 2 - rear tracking
16 May, 2016 7:10pm

Our pick: 1.5 90 PS SE-L
Price: £13,995

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, theFord Fiesta, is goes up against the Vauxhall CorsaVW Polo,Peugeot 208 and even the Audi A1 and MINI 5dr.

Taking cues from the CX-5Mazda 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 brand-new SKYACTIV engines and transmissions.

A punchy yet efficient new 1.5 SKYACTIV-G petrol is available in three power outputs and with new six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes, while the new 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. 

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