Plant the right foot — you need to, because the non-turbo 2 needs to have revs on board to do its best work — and the 1.5-litre engine cranks up the volume along with the pace. Semi-trailers blasting alongside likewise intrude on the cabin ambience.
The Mazda2 is far less vocal when driven in city environs and the steering and throttle are on par with the best in the class.
If carrying gear is part of the routine, the sedan is the pick with 440L of cargo space to the hatch’s 250L. Otherwise, the smaller hatch is a smarter look and smaller car to park.