What is it?
Mazda’s entry into the hard-fought market for three-door superminis. The three-door version of the Mazda 2 shares its five-door sister’s dimensions, but gets smaller rear windows and a revised glasshouse to make it appear sleeker and leaner.
It’s still a lightweight, tipping the scales at 970kg, and as a result it remains impressively lithe and enthusiastic to drive.
The three-door keeps the five-door’s range of engines, meaning the same 1.3 or 1.5-litre petrol motors and the familiar PSA-derived 66bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine that is tested here.
Mazda is hoping the new bodystyle will more than double the number of 2s sold in the UK, which is being aimed at younger customers.
What’s it like?
The modestly powered oil-burner is smooth, quiet and refined and its low-down grunt is better suited to stop-start city traffic than the peppy petrol alternatives.
The 1.4 diesel engine’s 114g/km CO2 is the lowest emissions rating in class, and if you’re being gentle it’ll return 65mpg – though it stays around 50mpg when you’re making progress.
A 15.5 second stroll to 62mph means that overtaking on faster roads, or accelerating to join a motorway takes some forethought. But once you’ve got momentum the diesel 2 keeps pace with traffic fine. It’s slightly more costly to buy than the basic petrol version, but the TS entry-level price is still competitive.