I passed my driving test in this car and I found it great to learn in, it's also a really cool looking car. A Mazda 2 can be picked up for around £8,000 to £12,000. The Japanese have done well with this car (take a look at the old Mazda 2; it's not pretty).
The Mazda 2 shares a platform with the new Fiesta (which figures considering the Ford-Mazda partnership), therefore this car is pretty stylish and looks sharp for a family car(we've all seen the adverts).
Inside, it's a comfortable car and is quite spacious considering the small dimensions.
This car has low emmisions and good fuel economy so it's quite economical. It also has a nice boot size; plenty of room for the weekly shop and the back seats come down for some extra room.
The dashboard is also pretty stylish much like the Fiesta, although there's no thermometer on there.
This car is great value and if you're planning to buy one get the red one; it looks really awesome.
We have recently purchased a Mazda 2 TS2 brand new and so far have had no problems.
The day we picked the car up we had great service from MAzda themselves who even filled the tank up ready for us which is unusual these days.
The car itself its the mid range Mazda2, there is a basic model and the higher Sport model with all three coming in either 3dr or 5dr. The Ts2 has 1.3 litre engine and boasts around 50 Mpg which is great when the fuel prices are going up as they are.
The exterior quality is good there are a few parts where it appears like they have tried to cut costs, for example the rear lights are not coated on the inside and look a little cheap, the fuel cap also feels a bit flimsy! The plastics look good and everything fits together neatly. I was especially impressed with the feel of the "door shut" which shuts very smoothly.
The interior boasts a magazine rack style glove box meaning it has an opening in the top to slot papers into, there are cup holders in the front and the centre console is divided into two compartments. THe gear lever is slightly higher than other cars and does take a little getting use to.
The steeringis electronically controlled which i think is a downside to this car and it is almost too light and there is very little feedback from the road. However the drive comfort is very smooth and there is minimal road noise.
One other downside to this car which is highly annyoying is the front seat mechanism. When you slide the seat forward to allow a passanger to get in or out of the back the seat does not return to its original position meaning you then have to readjust both the back position as well as the sliding the chair forward again. The handle to move the chair forward is also very cheap.
We purchased this car taking advantage of the scrappage scheme which meant we paid around £8000 i think this is a very well specced car considering you get, ABS, traction control, electric folder mirros, air con, as well as many other options as standard.
This car is low insurance, reasonable tax bracket working out at £120 for a year and cheap to run.
If you are looking for a small car in this catagory and price range it is definatly worth considering, there are a few things Mazda could have improved on but overall this is a good car!
We bought the 5-door version of this car as a brand new 08 plate. The TS2 is the 2nd model in the range, with the TS the entry model and the Sport the top of the range.
The car is basically the same car as the new Ford Fiesta, although there are some differences, mainly price and weight.
The car looks brilliant from most angles although I'm not completely sold on the front on look. The bonnet is quite narrow and widens towards the boot. It looks great as standard and benfits from having body coloured door handles and wing mirrors.
Internal (cabin) size
The car is very nicely sized inside with plenty of room for 2 adults in the rear although 3 becomes a tightish squeeze. The cabin area is nice and comfortable with a dead foot pedal for the driver, which some similar sized cars do not always come with.
The boot is not as large as I'd hoped and due to the boot shape (v-shaped) some larger and more awkward lengthy objects (prams etc) can be a bit of a challenge. The internal width is not that great either, we have found that a normal pram doesn't quite fit. The depth is ok, although the drop into the boot from the bumper is quite deep meaning that heavier parcels may be a bit hard to get out.
The overall finish of the inside is very good and we have had no problems except the decorative ring around the central cup holder has come loose but is only glued on so no major problem.
The seats are comfy and give excellent support all-round. They seem quite hard wearing and should last.
The internal space is quite dark until you get above the window line, where gray takes over as the main colour from the black trim below, including carpets.
The TS2 is marginally more powerful than the TS and benefits from this. We test drove a TS and it wasn't nearly as nippy. The engine is very quiet and at times I have stalled or nearly stalled due to this. It remains fairly quiet at motorway speeds and the wind noise is also fairly minimal.
I've driven the car on several longer journeys (3hrs+) and it is fine over those distances but not the most enthralling of drives.
Not the strongest point of this car. It can be a bit prone to a numb feeling when driving and at times I haven't felt as comfortable with the steering as I have in other small cars. The steering wheel is a decent size and being leather gives you lots of grip but the powersteering doesn't give as much feel as I'd like. That said at other times it is great. Very much depends how and where you drive.
The car is very well spec'ed for the price. We paid £10.5k for the car including metallic paint but we also had a fantastic trade in on our battered old Corsa.
The TS2 gets air-con, mp3 player, i-pod connection, steering wheel audio controls, front electric windows (but not rear), 15" alloy wheels, leather gear knob and wheel, 60/40 split rear seats, heated & folding wing mirrors, Thatcham Cat 1 alarm and immobiliser, side and curtain airbags and ABS. It also has 3 bottle/can holders, 1 in each door and 1 central one. It also has an unusual glove box which Mazda call the magazine rack, basically a hole in the top of the lid (you can buy a cover if you want the contents hidden).
The list is not exhaustive and misses out lots of expected things but for an equivalent spec on a Fiesta we we looking at paying about £1000 more for a less powerful engine with a similar spec.
The audio equipment is not bad. The standard head unit is mp3 compatible and it also features an aux jack for an I-pod, located in the central tray under the handbrake.
So far our only cost has been petrol. The car is mainly used on shorted journeys with occassional longer runs. We get about 250-300 miles on a normal tank with lots of town driving but 300-350 on A-road driving.
Overall we are very happy with the car and would recommend it to our friends and family. We were glad we went for the TS2 over the TS and the sport as it has a nice balance between price and spec.
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