Smaller cars make good family cars too. Let's check out if the Mazda2 will work for you and the kiddos.

Interior quality and space

is the mazda2 good for families?

This interior belongs to the flagship Hazumi model.

The Mazda2 competes with some illustrious B-segment players such as the Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i20 and the Peugeot 208. Space-wise, don’t expect ridiculous amounts of legroom but two children or adults of average height will have enough space on the second row, but the downside is that the swooping, coupe-inspired roofline and high beltline make the rear seating area a bit dark and depressing. If you have kids that tend to get carsick, this is a no-no. My two never complained though, but they were a little older (about 11 and 13) when I had the Mazda2 on test.

As for the quality, the minimalist interior is adorned with high-quality finishes but there are cheaper plastics elsewhere in the cabin, in areas like the centre console and steering wheel. I love the ergonomic layout and the fact that there’s no visual clutter. It all looks very chic and sporty. Partial leather seats can be found in Individual and Hazumi models.

Boot space

The boot is not massive at 280 litres, but the opening is rather wide and lifting a compact baby buggy into it is easy – just bear in mind that the rearmost seats don’t fold completely flat. If you do plan on taking a stroller along regularly, make sure you try and fit it into the boot before buying the Mazda2.

Driver-friendliness

is the mazda2 good for families?

The Mazda2 has always been great to drive – this is probably one of the top choices for those who want more from their car than just basic transport. It’s a real treat if you always dreamed of a driver’s car but didn’t have the funds for a real hot hatch. The 2’s steering and suspension are primed for maximum driver enjoyment. Just a pity about the road and wind noise which can get a little loud when you’re pressing on.

All models are fitted with a peppy 1.5-litre engine, naturally aspirated, with 85kW and 148Nm of torque for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 9.6 to 10.4 seconds (the automatic is a little slower).

Safety

is the mazda2 good for families?

ABS with EBD is standard across the board, while all models apart from the Active variant have stability control and cruise control. Steering wheel controls are present on all models. All models except the entry-level Active model have six airbags. The Active variant has two.

The flagship Hazumi model has safety specs such as on-board satnav, a lane departure warning, a head-up display, and a blind spot monitor.

All models have ISOFIX child seat anchorage points on the outer seats as well as LED headlights with LED daytime running lamps. Fog lamps are on all models except the Active. A rearview camera with rear park distance control can be found on the Individual and Hazumi variants.

Verdict

is the mazda2 good for families?

It’s a great car for small families but the small boot and dark rear seats are not ideal, making the Mazda2 better for couples, or families with no more than two slightly older kids. Your best bet would be to take your kids with you when you test drive the Mazda2, and don’t forget the pram.

Pricing is as follows

Mazda2 1.5 Active: R293 400

Mazda1 1.5 Dynamic: R320 500

Mazda 1.5 Dynamic auto: R338 800

Mazda 1.5 Individual: R348 200

Mazda2 1.5 Individual auto: R386 400

Mazda2 1.5 Hazumi R395 500

*Pricing was correct at the time this article was published (Sept 2022).

Each Mazda2 is sold with a 3-year/unlimited km warranty, and a 3-year/ unlimited km service plan. The Mazda2 should be serviced every 15 000 km.

Ané AlbertseAné was bitten by the motoring bug at a very young age. Her mom recalls her sitting in her stroller as a 3-year old, naming every car that came past. She was working as a freelance motoring journalist for publications such as Rapport and City Press, when AutoTrader nabbed her for good. She lives in the Western Cape with her two kids and two cats.View News & Reviews

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