Mazda 2 Review

The Mazda 2 has been treated to a revised exterior design, new technology, a quieter, higher-quality cabin and a better drive for 2019.


This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

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Overall verdict

Like a mongrel at Crufts, it’s difficult for any small hatchback like the Mazda 2 to stand out in a world of hot-right-now small SUVs. However, the Mazda 2 has always been one of the best looking small cars on sale, and it’s now been updated for 2019.

Mazda’s designers haven’t messed about too much the 2’s external look, giving it just a new mesh grille, new headlights and revised rear bumper. Inside, you’ll find new dashboard trims, upgraded materials, more comfortable front seats and extra sound-deadening materials to keep the cabin hushed at speed.

People are turning to small SUVs in droves, but there's still plenty to love about the traditional small hatchback.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The way the Mazda 2 drives has also been given attention. Its steering has been re-tuned, its suspension made more comfortable and Mazda’s clever G-vectoring control system which brakes the car’s wheels for more stable cornering has been added. 

You get the choice of two engines, both 1.5-litre in size, which either 75 or 90hp. Then there are four different trims – SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport Nav and GT Sport Nav. Entry-level cars come with things like LED headlights, climate control and rear parking sensors, while higher up the range comes a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and built-in sat-nav.

We’ll have a full review on the Mazda 2 as soon as we’ve been behind the wheel. If you’re already sold, head over to our Mazda 2 deals pages.

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