Being efficient, decently equipped, cheap to run and competitively priced is no automatic guarantee of success in Europe’s biggest-selling segment, but the 2 currently manages the trick of appearing to be all of these things.

Even in its most powerful guise, the car doesn’t emit more than 117g/km of CO2, and although the mid-range version we tested failed to topple the Ford Fiesta’s exceptional tax-free Ecoboost unit, its 105g/km emissions mean that it’s still only £20 for a year’s road tax and just £33 a month on benefit-in-kind for the lower-rate business user.

Vicky Parrott

Deputy reviews editor
Under True MPG examination it achieved 50.8mpg, almost 6mpg better than an equivalent Skoda Fabia

Few outdo the Mazda 2 on parsimony, either. The Japanese firm quotes a 62.8mpg combined average from lab tests, which places it among the class leaders. Under True MPG examination it achieved 50.8mpg, almost 6mpg better than an equivalent Skoda Fabia.

Even with our heaviest road-testing boots donned, the 2 refused to return less than 40mpg, which is impressive even for the current generation of petrol-sipping superminis.

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