The Mazda 2 popularly known as the perfect small city car, is a Japanese masterpiece that comes with supermini performance. It is offered in two body styles which are the hatch and the sedan and four trim levels to suit a broad spectrum of buyers. The Hatch variant Offers Pure, Evolve, and GT trims while the sedan comes with Pure and GT trims only. All Mazda 2 grades have the same engine with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto. Both the hatch and the sedan are priced the same, with the same standard equipment for each variant (except for body-specific features).
The introduction of a new hybrid Mazda 2 supermini based on the Toyota Yaris has brought smiles to the faces of its fans as the hybrid version will go on sale later this year. Mazda 2 also comes with a new exhaust manifold for the 1.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine and a higher compression ratio which has helped cut CO2 emissions by between 11 and 14g/km across the range. Going further, this article is set to introduce you to the world of yet another supermini.
The Exterior Design
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The exterior features the familiar trapezoidal grille that comes with the brand chrome-finished ‘wing design’. Also found on the exterior are the bold creases and curves along the car’s flanks, the swooping roofline, and the steeply rising waist. It looks a bit heavy-handed and bulbous at the rear.
As the brand’s tradition demands, all models get body-colored door mirror housings and a subtle tailgate spoiler, while SE-L models can be identified by 15-inch alloys and front fog lights. Sport cars get larger 16-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, a gloss black grille, and rear privacy glass.
The Interior Design
The car comes with a neatly styled dashboard featuring a trio of eyeball air vents (the fourth is cleverly hidden in the facia below the infotainment touchscreen) that feature controls with an Audi-style, metal-effect knurled finish. Another highlight is the large speedometer flanked by digital readouts for the rev counter and trip computer.
There are few soft-touch materials, while the plastics covering the top of the dash and door trims look and feel a little low rent. The rear doors shut with a tinny clang, on the plus side, soft leather covers the steering wheel and gear lever, while the switchgear feels sturdy in its operation.
The new Mazda 2 models
The Mazda 2 is offered in two body styles which are the hatch and the sedan and four trim levels to suit a broad spectrum of buyers. The Hatch variant Offers Pure, Evolve, and GT trims while the sedan comes with Pure and GT trims only. All Mazda 2 grades have the same engine with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto. Both the hatch and the sedan are priced the same, with the same standard equipment for each variant (except for body-specific features).
Under the hood of the new Mazda 2
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Powering the Mazda2 range is a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 82kW of power and 144Nm of torque at 3,500rpm which is relatively high up the rev range compared with rival turbocharged superminis. It runs on standard (91 RON) unleaded fuel, keeping costs down.
The Mazda2 Pure sedan and hatch variants come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and can be optioned with the six-speed auto that is fitted standard on the Evolve and GT in both body styles.
The 0-62mph is achievable under 9.8 seconds which if you ask me, I will say is not a bad performance. However, the slow performance can only hamper the acclaimed efficiency of 60.1mpg and 107g/km by Mazda.
New Mazda 2 Hybrid Engine
The new Mazda 2 Hybrid comes with the same engine as the Toyota Yaris, a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with a 59kW electric motor to produce 116Hp. Mazda claims it will return over 70mpg. No petrol or diesel engines will be offered, as this hybrid is going to be sold alongside the existing Mazda 2. The new Mazda 2 Hybrid will debut in the spring of 2022, although its cost has not been made known yet, you can expect it to be somewhere around £20,000.
All models in the Mazda2 range come with a 7.0-inch color touch-screen that provides access to AM/FM/DAB+ digital radio, phone and music streaming, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. These are operated by a user-friendly multifunction controller. The Mazda 2 Evolve either hatch or GT sedan gives you the much-needed satellite navigation.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Mazda 2 Supermini – All models in the Mazda2 range have the obligatory six airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, emergency brake assist for greater stopping power, stability, and traction controls. There’s also a reversing camera and rear parking sensors with cross-traffic alert.
The driver-assist tech consists of hill launch assist, smart city brake support, lane keep assist, lane departure warning as well as blind-spot monitoring. The Mazda2 Evolve offers traffic sign recognition as the GT features 360-degree camera monitoring, front parking sensors, and radar cruise control that varies the speed in line with the traffic.
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