2005 Mazda 2 Antares 1.4 petrol

Summary:

Reliable, comfortable and good to drive

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Purchased car in September 2005. It was a 'demo' model with 3000 miles on clock. We have found it to be comfortable and economic to run. We have undertaken several fairly long journeys, to Cornwall, Worcester and Derbyshire, from our home in Sussex. The car has been totally reliable and not at all tiring to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2006

2004 Mazda 2 1.4 Antares 1.4 Zetec petrol

Summary:

The best small hatchback out there!

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

The engine in the Mazda 2 1.4 Antares is the Zetec engine from the Ford Fiesta, as the Fiesta and Mazda 2 are built in the same Spanish factory. This is a great engine that is very quiet and refined for such as small engine. Performance is pretty good for a 1.4 too. The 1.4 engine is very economical on fuel, rendering the 1.25 version pointless. I would strongly advise any potential customers to go for the 1.1 or 1.6 litre versions as the 1.25 is underpowered in comparison.

The Mazda 2 handles incredibly well and has a fairly decent comfortable ride too. You can tell it is built in Europe to cater for European tastes. Refinement is particularly impressive on the motorway. It is as refined as many much larger cars.

This car is small on the outside, but is very big inside. There is plenty of space inside for four adults. Head and leg room is exceptional. The driving position is good, though a bit high up for my liking.

A very stylish looking little car inside and out. the dashboard in particular is a great piece of design. Build quality is exceptionally good and is a credit to Mazda, Ford, and the Spanish workforce.

This must be the best small hatchback available today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2004

2003 Mazda 2 Mazda 1.4

Summary:

Good comfortable car well priced car, pity about the mirrors

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

The car is very nippy for a diesel.

But better to use 3rd gear in town driving.

Average MPG 53 which includes a fair bit of town driving.

Worst gripe is the mirrors. The driver's wing mirror is not a "true" mirror which leaves you thinking the vehicle is miles behind when it is almost beside you. Makes motorway driving difficult.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th May, 2004