The Mazda 2 (also sometimes stylised as Mazda2) continues to carry the mantle as the Japanese manufacturer’s entry-level small car with its 2020 facelift. Carrying on with the car company’s KODO (“Soul of Motion”) design philosophy, the new Mazda 2 continues the streak of affordable cars with sleek and streamlined looks. What’s more, the same philosophy has resulted in a car that provides an enjoyable overall experience through its smooth ride quality and ergonomics that prioritises driver comfort.
As the latest Mazda 2 has been using the same platform since 2014, you can also expect much of the same under the hood. However, it’s worth asking: has this also translated to the same level of reliability that we’ve seen from the previous models? To get a clear answer, it’s best to break the discussion down into a few points.
The Power Unit
With Mazda’s 1.5L Skyactiv-D engines, all Mazda 2 variants maintain a reasonable level of fuel efficiency, while still providing a snappy and enjoyable driving experience. Indeed, the Mazda 2 even has enough power to let you take on long drives through highways, despite its compact power unit. And though some may argue that this nameplate is due for an engine upgrade, having a 6-year old engine lets the Mazda 2 maintain its reputation for reliability.
Doing away with the previous year’s 4 trim levels, the 2020 Mazda 2 now has only 3 trim levels. As a result, the features that you can expect across all the variants are now as follows:
G15 Pure. The Mazda 2’s base variant is already packed with plenty of features. It comes standard with Mazda’s i-Activesense Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Smart City Break Support with pedestrian detection, a Lane Departure Warning and Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), as well as support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
G15 Evolve. In addition to the features that come with the G15 Pure, the G15 Evolve also comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) technology. And an auto-dimming rear view mirror. These features result in a slight upgrade in the styling thanks to the upgraded wheels, while the added safety features allow for even fewer worries whenever you drive.
G15 GT. As the Mazda 2’s most premium trim level, the GT is packed with all of the above features and more. Indeed, it also comes standard with a 360-degree view monitor, front parking sensors, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with a Stop and Go function. These don’t just allow you to better avoid scrapes and minor bumps, they also work towards protecting you from bigger accidents. This can then guard your Mazda 2 against even the slightest damage to help it last for a longer time.
Though all three of the above can be purchased with manual or automatic gearboxes, the G15 Evolve is only available as a hatchback. Still, the variety of available options will allow you to effectively spend on only the features you need. And with the base model itself coming standard with so many helpful safety features, you’ll get a lot of value for your money even if you’re on a budget.
Meanwhile, you also won’t have to worry about the many available features possibly affecting your Mazda 2’s reliability. As we’ve mentioned previously, the 2020 model is a facelift that still uses the fourth-generation platform that’s been in use since 2014. This means that Mazda has had a long time to perfect how the many features work together, without putting a heavy toll on the Mazda 2’s electrical system.
Because each Mazda 2 comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, you can rest assured that you’re protected against possible manufacturing and workmanship defects. This includes premature signs of wear on your car’s parts and panels—whether it’s on the interior or exterior. For more peace of mind, the warranty also includes Mazda’s Premium Roadside Assistance service in case you encounter any problems while driving. This means that you can easily get help if you get a flat battery, accidentally lock your keys inside your vehicle, blow out a tyre, or get into an accident. Additionally, you can also make sure to regularly bring your car to the nearest Mazda 2 Perth dealership for the required servicing to reduce the chances of a breakdown.
The above guarantees are signs of Mazda’s dedication to providing their customers high-quality and reliable vehicles. As a result, you know that you’re investing in a car that will last, or at least one that will be reasonably protected in case you happen to get a lemon.
This is the area where you’ll realise that Mazda made some compromises. Unfortunately, the Mazda 2’s interior can be quite cramped—especially for passengers sitting in the rear seats. But since the Japanese company focuses on providing a fantastic experience for drivers, both front seats can be noticeably more comfortable. However, your mileage may vary depending on the number of occupants for each drive and exactly how big those people are.
The materials used for the Mazda 2’s interior are also high-quality, including the seats, carpets, and interior panelling. And this will be more evident if you’re opting for the Mazda 2 G15 GT, which comes with leather and synthetic suede seats for an even more premium look and feel. These are then also covered by Mazda’s extensive warranty, so you know you’re getting high-quality and durable materials.
To answer our main question: yes, the latest Mazda 2 continues the solid streak of reliability that the nameplate’s fourth generation has become known for. But beyond its solid build quality and durability, it’s a small car that stands out in a crowded market, thanks to its solid performance and stylish looks. When combined with the Mazda 2’s competitive pricing and its plethora of helpful features, it’s definitely an enticing choice for the discerning driver. And as we’ve mentioned, the manufacturer’s reputation for paying attention to detail also helps ensure that you’ll be getting a high-quality and reliable vehicle—no matter what variant or model you end up buying.