Mazda 2 review - Reliability and safety
The Mazda 2 is packed with safety gear, although some of it is optional, and shouldn’t suffer reliability issues either
The Mazda 2 didn’t feature in our 2021 Driver Power survey, although the CX-5 SUV finished third in a 75-car list. Mazda has forged a strong reputation for building durable cars, and that’s backed up by the manufacturer’s excellent fourth-place finish in the Best manufacturer poll.
The 2 was awarded a four-star Euro NCAP crash test score, with the testers marking it down for not having autonomous emergency braking as standard. All models get six airbags, along with a Lane Departure Warning System, a Lane-keep Assist System, Hill Hold Assist and a Emergency Stop Signalling System.
GT Sport Tech models add Blind Spot Monitoring with a Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Driver Attention Alert, front parking sensors and a 360-degree view monitor.
Along with the majority of its rivals Mazda has yet to move with the class leaders on warranty cover, so you get a fairly average three-year/60,000-mile deal. By contrast, Kia offers seven years and 100,000 miles. You can extend your Mazda warranty, but at a cost.
Service intervals for the Mazda 2 are 12,500 miles or annually, depending on which comes first. Mazda offers a three-year service plan for £599, which can be paid as a one-off sum, or over monthly installments.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Mazda 2 brings sharp looks, decent running costs and a fun drive to the supermini class
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Mazda 2 is refined, comfortable and eager thanks to punchy engines and an agile chassis
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsMazda promises great ‘real world’ economy with low emissions. Residuals look good too
- 4Interior, design and technologyEye-catching exterior and a stylish interior ensure the Mazda 2 has plenty of showroom appeal
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceA supermini with space to seat five adults in relative comfort, but luggage space is only average
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe Mazda 2 is packed with safety gear, although some of it is optional, and shouldn’t suffer reliability issues either