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Mazda 2 review - Reliability and safety

Top-spec Mazda 2 models feature lots of safety kit, while Driver Power customer feedback is good

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

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The Mazda 2 didn’t feature in our 2023 Driver Power survey, although the CX-5 SUV finished ninth in a 75-car list. Mazda has forged a strong reputation for building durable cars, and that’s backed up by the manufacturer’s solid seventh-place finish in the 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. Since being tested, Mazda has improved the 2’s level of safety kit, so all models now receive Lane-keep Assist and autonomous emergency braking, while Homura Aka models add Driver Attention Alert for monitoring fatigue, and blind spot monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to warn you of pedestrians, cyclists and other traffic when reversing.

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 £699, which can be paid as a one-off sum, or over monthly instalments.

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