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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 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.

Warranty 

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.

Servicing 

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.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 Skyactiv-G 75 SE-L Nav 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,010

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 e-Skyactiv G SE-L 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,160

Fastest

  • Name
    1.5 e-Skyactiv G 115 GT Sport Tech 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £20,610

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