Best cars & vans

Mazda 2 - best small automatic cars

Sporty handling remains intact in the auto version of Mazda's fun supermini

Mazda 2 - front action blue

Sporty superminis don't come much sportier than the Mazda 2, even if you can't get a hot hatch variant. It's sharp looks give clues to the sharp handling underneath, while Mazda's latest G-Vector torque control system to boosts cornering.

Mazda offers a six-speed auto with the mid-sized version of the 1.5-litre petrol engine that's the only option in the 2 line-up. This 90PS version is offered in SE-L and Sport trims, and both can be had with the auto box for about £1,200 extra. Fuel economy doesn't take as much of a hit here as it does in rivals, with a claimed 58.9mpg for the auto, compared to 62.8mpg for the manual.

Where the Mazda 2 excels is as a well-equipped sporty supermini that has the ability to entertain and carry all your belongings easily.

Best small automatics

  1. 1. Skoda Fabia DSG
  2. 2. Volkswagen Polo DSG
  3. 3. Hyundai i10 auto
  4. 4. MINI Cooper auto
  5. 5. Ford Fiesta Powershift
  6. 6. Citroen C3 EAT6
  7. 7. Renault Clio EDC
  8. 8. Mazda 2 auto
  9. 9. Kia Rio auto
  10. 10. Audi A1 S tronic

Recommended

Polestar 2 electric car line-up expanded for 2021
Polestar 2 - front
Polestar 2

Polestar 2 electric car line-up expanded for 2021

Polestar 2 price cut to £39,900 with the arrival of a new smaller battery variant
13 Apr 2021
Polestar 2 review
Polestar 2
Polestar 2

Polestar 2 review

The stylish, all-electric Polestar 2 oozes quality and is a great alternative to a Tesla.
25 Feb 2021
Used Mazda 2 review
Used Mazda 2 Mk3 - front
Mazda 2

Used Mazda 2 review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Mazda 2 covering the Mazda 2 Mk2 (2017-2014) and Mazda 2 Mk3 (2015-date)
11 Feb 2021
Polestar 2 recalled over potential power failure issue
Polestar 2

Polestar 2 recalled over potential power failure issue

More than 4,500 Polestar 2s affected in Europe by a potential fault found in the new electric car
2 Nov 2020

Most Popular

New 2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift arrives with Golf 8 styling
Volkswagen Polo - front
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback

New 2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift arrives with Golf 8 styling

Revamped Mk6 Volkswagen Polo unveiled with new GTI version coming next year
21 Apr 2021
New all-electric Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD reimagines the classic coupe
Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD - front
Vauxhall

New all-electric Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD reimagines the classic coupe

The Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD EV reboots the iconic Manta coupe for the electric era
20 Apr 2021
Stellantis maps out future EV platforms with up to 497 miles of range
Stellantis battery
Peugeot

Stellantis maps out future EV platforms with up to 497 miles of range

Four new EV platforms for Stellantis Group, the first of which we’ll see in 2023
20 Apr 2021