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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 previous Mazda 2 didn’t feature in our 2014 Driver Power survey, and this one is too new to have made it into the 2015 results. However, Mazda has forged a strong reputation for building durable cars, and that’s backed up by the manufacturer’s excellent ninth-place finish in our Driver Power 2015 owner satisfaction survey.

In addition, while the 2 is a new model, many of its mechanical and electrical components have been proven in other cars in Mazda’s line-up, and at first sight the fit and finish of components inside the car gave us no cause for concern.

A finish inside the top 10 in our 2016 Driver Power reader satisfaction survey highlights Mazda can cut it with premium brands when it comes to the ownership experience. It ranked ninth.

Despite being a new design, the 2 was awarded a four-star Euro NCAP crash test score. The testers marked it down for not having autonomous emergency braking as standard – although this is included on the flagship Sport model. All models get six airbags, while the SE-L and above add lane departure warning and a speed limiter function. Blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert and a head-up display are part of the £400 Safety Pack, but this is available only on the 113bhp GT Sport.

All models are equipped with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control as standard. 


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.


There’s a service package deal available on the Mazda 2 that gives you three years cover for a fixed price of £499. If you don’t want to pay it all up front, you can arrange to pay your servicing dealer in monthly instalments.

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