Mazda 2 variants
Total price
Monthly payment
Figures are based on a 20% deposit

Finance representative example (PCP)

Total cash price £11,599. Borrowing £9,279 with a £2,320 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£169.23
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£15,163.08
Cost of credit
£3,564.08
Optional final payment
£4,720.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Mazda 2 buying guide

What Mazda 2 trim levels are there?

They vary a little bit depending on the age of the car, but the core trim levels on the Mazda 2 are SE-L, Sport and GT Sport. SE-L comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, air con, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors and cruise control. Sport ups the wheel size, and also adds tinted windows and keyless entry. GT Sport gets a reversing camera, a head-up display and heaters for the front seats and steering wheel. These are ‘big car’ features that don’t come on many superminis.

On the Hybrid, you can choose from Pure, Agile and Select trim levels. Pure gets auto lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control, and air con, to which Agile adds alloy wheels, a reversing camera and keyless entry/ start. Select has front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights and wireless phone charging.

Mazda 2 interior and technology

The Mazda-developed 2 looks modern enough inside, and it’s good that every car now comes with an eight-inch infotainment screen – you might find older used SE-L cars with a basic radio display. You control the screen by using a rotary dial between the handbrake and gear lever – like you do in a BMW – and it comes with sat nav, DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. Material quality is really strong, too, but the inclusion of a CD player means there’s nowhere to put your phone.

The Toyota-developed car has a totally different feel inside, even if the two cars come with many of the same features. The Mazda 2 Hybrid is the only Mazda with a touchscreen – there’s no dial to control it in this car. Toyota’s system also gets digital radio and smartphone mirroring.

Mazda 2 engine range explained

(Most popular!) Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv-G petrol

Mazda uses the ‘Skyactiv’ term for its high-tech engines, with the ‘G’ standing for petrol (well, gasoline). The 1.5-litre non-turbocharged Skyactiv petrol engine is available with 75hp, 90hp and 115hp, with the latter two getting the car from 0-62mph in under 10 seconds. All three can return a real-world figure of over 55mpg. An automatic gearbox is available on the 90hp engine, but most are manual.

Mazda 2 Hybrid 1.5

The 1.5-litre petrol engine in the Mazda 2 Hybrid is supplemented by an electric motor, giving 116hp and a sub-10-second 0-62mph time. Thanks to the motor and a small battery, the Hybrid can run on electric power for short periods of time, improving fuel efficiency. Over 65mpg is achievable, especially if you stick around town where the hybrid system is most effective. The Mazda 2 Hybrid is only available with a ‘CVT’ automatic gearbox.

Your Mazda 2 questions answered

It’s not often that two same-named but completely different cars are sold next to each other, but that’s the case with the Mazda 2 so there’ll be a lot of back and forth on this page. The first is Mazda’s own attempt at a supermini, with essentially conventional petrol engines, and the second is the Mazda 2 Hybrid. Both are five-door hatchbacks with several trim levels. The Mazda 2 is likely to be cheaper to buy, but the 2 Hybrid may be cheaper to run.

Mazda’s cars aren’t usually class-leading when it comes to practicality – its cars major on swoopy styling and lots of tech – and the Mazda 2 is beaten for space by a number of rivals. Two six-footers won’t be comfortable sitting behind each other on long journeys but there’s enough space for average-sized folk. Even five people should be reasonably comfy on shorter journeys. The Mazda 2 has a 255-litre boot, which is more than you get in a Mini but short of the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta.

The same goes for the Mazda 2 Hybrid. It’s not the most spacious supermini out there, with reasonable rear seat space and a 286-litre boot. Still, that’s the same as the Yaris, and it hasn’t stopped the Toyota from being one of the UK’s best-selling cars.

In the Mazda 2, you get a 1.5-litre petrol engine with several different power outputs. More recent ones come with mild electrical assistance. A diesel was offered in the past. In the Mazda 2 Hybrid, meanwhile, you get a different 1.5-litre petrol engine with more electrical assistance – a bigger battery and a better fuel consumption figure. Simple, huh?

We're fans of the Mazda 2 – it's a neat little hatchback with good looks and a solid report card. Some rivals are faster, some are more practical and others are better value, but the 2 is just an all-round likeable package.

The cabin is a particular standout for its style, which mimics the larger, more grown up cars in Mazda's lineup and is trimmed in nice-feeling materials.

It might not have the turbocharged punch of the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo, but the little Mazda's 1.5-litre petrol engines are smooth and zippy, especially in the top-spec 115hp version. Plus, fuel economy is strong in all versions, so your fuel bills will be low.

Across various reliability surveys, the Mazda 2 generally performs well, with few reported problems. As with all cars, keeping up with scheduled maintenance will give your 2 the best chance of lasting as long as possible.

Adding an extended warranty to your Mazda will protect you from the cost of an unexpected mechanical or electrical failure.

The Mazda 2 is a reasonably good choice for a first car, although its insurance groups are slightly higher across the board than its nearest rivals. That means an entry-level Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa will be a little cheaper to insure – which could make quite a large difference to a brand-new driver's premium.

Nevertheless, the car is efficient, easy to drive and available with active safety aids, so a first-time licence holder shouldn't struggle to get to grips with the little Mazda.

Check out our picks for the best cars for first-time drivers for more options.

Yes. Every version of the Mazda 2 is efficient, with 50mpg attainable in all models if you drive gently. The range-topping 115hp model doesn't even come with a fuel-economy penalty for the extra power thanks to its on-board mild-hybrid system.