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MAZDA 2 Used Car Review

Pros

Cons

  • One of the more fun-to-drive city cars available
  • Zippy 1.5-litre engine
  • Chic styling (2007 onwards)
  • Smart MZD Connect infotainment system on higher-spec models
  • Prominent tyre noise
  • Relatively firm ride
  • Cramped rear seat, even by city-car standards
  • Lower-spec models can be missing safety features such as rear-view camera
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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  • Common FAQs
  • From 2014, Mazda's MZD Connect system"”a touchscreen interface with multi-function commands and internet radio apps"”included satellite navigation in top trim levels. It was available as an option on lower trim levels.
  • The Mazda 2 features a 1.5 L non-turbo petrol engine across all models, offering 79 kW of power and 139 Nm of torque. This is on par with similar vehicles in the light car class, such as the Kia Rio.
  • Since 2011, the Mazda 2 has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating, with six airbags included as standard from 2014. Additional safety upgrades were made in 2017 with the introduction of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
  • A new 2019 Mazda 2 is priced from $15,570 for the Neo 5YR model and up to $24,400 for the GT 5YR. Dealer used models from 2015 can be purchased on Gumtree from between $9,999 and $18,990.
  • The low price point, design and compact size make the Mazda 2 a popular choice for young drivers. However, the nimble driving experience, accurate steering and the power provided by a 1.5 L petrol engine make it a great choice for more experienced drivers too.

Overview of the Mazda Mazda2

Overview of the Mazda Mazda2

MAZDA 2 GENERATIONS (SINCE 2002)

2002-2007

2007-2014

2014 onwards

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

1.5L 4-cylinder: 4.9 to 5.5 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO MAZDA 2

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: MAZDA 2 (2007 TO 2014)

Make sure the paint on any Mazda 2 of this era is in good condition and hasn't started to flake or peel.

Some stone chips are quite normal, but flaking paint from, say, the plastic front bumper will need attention to preserve the car's appearance.

This is especially important in a car like the 2 whi ch appealed to younger drivers who, statistically, have more crashes. And those trendy, fizzy metallic colours that were so popular can be a real pain to match after a few years of exposure to Australian UV light levels.

Check that the service history is up to date, too, as, again, younger drivers don't always understand the importance of preventative maintenance.

If the engine speed varies at idle, the car may have a build-up of crud in its intake system. If so, a mechanic needs to disassemble this part of the engine and clean it.