Review- Mazda 2
April 07, 2021
Life is short and we spend a big portion of our lives behind the wheel of a car, so why not choose something funky and fun to drive that rewards your senses every time you get in?
The Mazda 2 is the fun city car that you deserve that can carry everything you need and show the world you have sporty, adventurous taste.
Sporty and full of life
In any of the eight electrifying colours, the 2 is a well-proportioned and attractive small hatch or sedan. You can see the tricks the designers have used, such as the athletic front crease that gives almost rear-wheel drive proportions, while a style line flowing from the high boot to the front door handle balances out the rear end. There is a resemblance to the bigger brother Mazda 3 and overall, Mazda’s stylists have done a spectacular job.
Open the door and you find a sporty, interesting interior with fine quality materials. A premium-looking three-spoke steering wheel trimmed in leather is just the right size. In front of it sits an easy-to-read speedometer, with a pulsing ring as you enter. On either side are two digital displays containing tachometer, fuel and trip computer information.
Throughout the interior you will find sporty yet premium touches, such as the circular vents, carbon-fibre lookalike plastic and polished aluminium surfaces. The VW Polo, for example might offer better outright material quality, but its layout is a bit plain and conventional compared with the fun-looking Mazda2 cabin.
The highlight of the interior is the MZD Connect system. Similar to BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI, the MZD Connect system pairs a seven-inch display with a rotary controller down near the gear lever, surrounded by buttons that make it intuitive and easy to navigate while driving.
This is a user-interface that embarrasses the distracting hit-and-miss touch-screen systems in many far more expensive vehicles – which don’t let you input navigation addresses on the move, for example. The 2’s navigation system is great. It tells you when you’re approaching red light and speed cameras, and there’s a even cool graphic when approaching a freeway exit. It is on every model from Maxx upwards.
The Genki and GT models add beautiful leather and a heads up display to put vital information ahead of you and keep your eyes on the road. Autonomous emergency braking across the range, plus 5 star ANCAP safety and capped price servicing give you all the peace of mind you could hope for.
What we have here is the benchmark for dynamics, in-car tech and small car styling. We realise that having the most fun-to-drive car isn’t high on the priority list for some people, but it really enhances the overall ownership experience in the case of the 2. Being fun to drive keeps the car feeling fresh, and the Mazda2 fulfils this aspect of great car ownership. Nevertheless, in terms of running costs, quality, safety, fuel economy, refinement and ease of operation, the Mazda2 might just be the hottest property for this money. ?
5 specs you need to know:
- Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder
- Transmission and drive: five-speed manual automatic, front-wheel drive
- ANCAP safety rating: Five Stars
- Official fuel economy: 4.9L/100km (5.9L/100km)
- Time from 0-100km/h: 10.2 seconds
- Quality feel with exciting design, inside and out
- Interior space/boot space (for the class)
- Driving dynamics
- Very economical
- Value and equipment
- Not as luxurious or upmarket as some other cars in class
- More of a sporting flavour than luxury