The Mazda2 is a sporty alternative to established small cars like the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta. It's certainly one of the best looking superminis, whether you choose the three or five-door, and it's great to drive, too. Mazda has a strong record for reliability and although the 2's cabin materials aren't the most appealing, it's well put together. and sturdy. Standard equipment is generous and all the engines - petrol or diesel - are cheap to run. Strong resale values make the Mazda a safe place for your cash.