By Lauren Ferrone
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Cars in this class might be small, but they’re fierce – and the Mazda2 Maxx is proof of this, taking out the win as the Best Light Car at this year’s awards.
What sets it apart from the rest
Keeping it simple wins the race in this case. The Maxx is easier to drive than others in this class – so much so that judges describe it as a “real breeze”.
What it’s like to drive
As one of Mazda’s cheaper models, the Maxx has a basic 1.5L SkyActiv engine, but its power is delivered efficiently by a smooth six-speed automatic transmission and its performance is better than most others at this budget-focused end of the market.
In fact, judges believe it offers one of the best driving experiences in this category. With good steering, a small turning circle and a firm grip around corners, the Maxx was built for city driving.
Light cars are often noisy because the chase for lighter design means noise-deadening materials are used sparingly, but Mazda has worked on this problem using a noise-insulating windscreen, a new engine and luggage-compartment insulation to make the cabin quieter.
What it’s got
- Functional interior, with comfy seats and easy-to-use – and reach – controls.
- New and quieter engine compared to the previous model.
- Autonomous emergency braking comes as standard across the range.
- While some other cars in the class may be cheaper, the Maxx offers competitive value for money.
Is this the car for you?
The Maxx gets you from A to B without fuss, and you’ll appreciate the simple layout of the controls to help you get to where you need to go quickly.
How the finalists fared against the Mazda2 Maxx