Though the main surfaces are all made of tactile materials, and top-spec cars come with leather trim on the dashboard, there are some cheaper plastics elsewhere in the cabin.
Compared with its predecessor, the new car’s cabin is a much nicer place to be, thanks to the upscale in overall build quality and the more distinctive and attractive interior design.
Ergonomics are also very good overall: the major controls are all laid out well and are intuitive to use, and the dials on the dashboard binnacle are especially clear to read.
If there’s one notable criticism to label at the Mazda 2’s interior, it’s the relative inconsistency of the quality of the materials.
The cabin in the Mazda 2 is well made but a bit too dark and gloomy
Avoid the basic models and go straight for a mid-range SE L model that gets a brilliant infotainment system with a seven-inch screen. Unlike the VW Polo’s touchscreen, the Mazda’s system is controlled via a rotary dial similarly to BMW’s iDrive. It’s easier to use on the move because you don’t need to take your eyes off the road to look at where you’re pressing. You can also connect your phone via USB and use it to access functions such as internet radio and social media apps. Sat-nav is a £400 option should you need it.