Mazda 2

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Mazda 2

(December 2002)

121 replacement combines practicality, and excitement in equal measures in the compact car class

2002 was a year for small cars. The Getz brought European to a Korean price tag, revolutionary Jazz rewrote the on interior versatility and space, and C3 dropped a ton of good looks in the market. All looked good, strong in their respective and were attractive to different – but Mazda’s stunning 2 for the 121 has blown the lot out of the water.

It’s the chance Australians have to the new Mazda DNA. Don’t away just yet, for once a mission statement is than marketing hyperbole. one actually translates to the cars.

In Mazda has decided it needs to cars that are Stylish, and Insightful. That means should be fun to drive and own, not a form of transport. And these should apply not only to the models on the list, but to everything builds.

It’s fairly easy for us to say never driven a small car as or entertaining as the Mazda 2. Nothing close to matching its enthusiast while presenting an equally argument for practicality.

We’re ahead. Let’s take a at the Mazda 2, launched in December from the ground up. On the styling don’t expect me to wax lyrical the Mazda corporate five-point or the striking front profile, Look at the photos, and I’ll add that the 2 works very in the flesh.

It looks smart. It good. Its stance is purposeful and

Physically, the 2 is actually bigger the 1994 Mazda 323. its predecessor the 2 is 125mm longer, wider and 40mm higher.

The Mazda 2‘s footprint is bigger, with the axles further apart, a wider (+52mm ), rear (+32mm) and (distance between the wheels).

the 121, the 2 will not be offered a stripper 1.3-litre engine. All – there are three will get a 1.5-litre four-cylinder with sequential valve and four valves per cylinder. is improved with power up 28 and torque 10 percent stronger.

The 2‘s kerb weight, is also up, now 1068kg – more than before.

sounds like the perfect for disastrous fuel consumption. Not to testing done to Australian 2877, which rates the version at 7.6l/100km city and 5.2l/100km highway. The 121 could manage 8.0l/100km and 6.4l/100km.

At the of writing CarPoint has not had the opportunity to real-world fuel figures, scheduled to happen early 2003.

Mazda claims the 1.5-litre produces 90 percent of its peak from just 1900rpm, we found the engine improves above 3200rpm. The manual is a delight to use, perhaps for tactility by the Honda Jazz, certainly among the best in its

So, on to specifications. Sit down for this the names are rippers. Neo, and Genki – … who dreamed those up?

Prices at start from $17,790, includes air-conditioning, central CD player, power steering, immobiliser and optional metallic at no extra cost.

Mazda the 2 is $1450 cheaper than the 121, and substantially cheaper a similarly equipped Holden Honda Jazz, or Volkswagen

The mid-spec Maxx, priced at adds a six-stack in-dash CD 15in alloy wheels, central locking, power and mirrors, and steering-wheel-mounted stereo

The top specification Genki – a word which translates as good – gets a bodykit, front fog lights, interior trim and antilock for $22,195. A four-speed automatic is a $1750 option across the

Mazda 2

Exterior colours are designed to be particularly the soft yellow and orange versions pictured Interior trim levels and differ across the range, bright grey with dash on Neo, bright cloth on Maxx and dark with metallic highlights on

Interior space is a highlight of the 2, plenty of leg and headroom front and in all models. Two adults sit comfortably in the though it leaves no room for a third, or even a child. seat access is improved on model.

Boot space is for this class of car, has a low loading height and wide for easy access.

As with new additions to the compact car class, the 2 has seating arrangements. The rear not only slides forward but can be 50/50 split folded to room for longer loads.

On the road, the Mazda 2 works than any car in its class. Mazda the 121’s independent strut end and torsion beam rear setup, revised to offer performance in both ride and handling dynamics.

There’s little to criticise about the manners on the move. It rides smoothly and compliantly over surface, barely rolling the while cornering and changing

The 2’s speed sensitive, assisted steering is greatly over the 121. The quicker and torsion bar between the front towers add levels of precision and to the tiller that make the 2 a breeze. It’s light and and provides plenty of front feedback.

There are small of steering kickback from corrugations and bumps, but nothing to complain about.

We liked everything about the 2 when we first drove it in mid-2002. Re-reading this in the weeks after publication we a bit concerned. All too often cars perform strongly overseas translate well to Australia’s and rugged conditions.

Turns out our about the Mazda 2 were unnecessary. It performs as well as, if not than, we remember. The Mazda 2 all those disciplines compact car crave, and at a price the others find hard to match. alone is enough to recommend it for hunting cheap, practical, transport.

Add the Mazda 2‘s chassis dynamics and its capable, drivetrain, and you’ve got a car too good to

Published. Sunday, 1 December

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