The entry-level 1.3-litre engine with its 74bhp, standard air-con and showroom price of £10,305 looks like good value, especially considering the 2’s inherent dynamic appeal and smart styling, and that the entry-level Fiesta gets a measly 60bhp. Mazda claims an average 55.4mpg and 115g/km CO2. Servicing should squeeze in at under £200 per year, marginally more than European rivals but not noticeably so. The old insurers’ prejudice against Japanese-sourced cars pushes up the entry-level insurance to group nine, when the Fiesta gets a group-five rating.
The same MPG/CO2 figures are given for the more powerful 84bhp, 1.3-litre engine, though the insurance group leaps to 11. The 1.5-litre engine might bring motorway pace, but is also pushed the average MPG down to 48.7, CO2 up to 132g/km and the insurance to a silly group 16. Most economical of the lot is the 1.6 diesel, which returns 67.3mpg, 110g/km but is also in group 16.