Mazda2 Review

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The ride quality of the new Mazda2 is compliant, riding well over poor British’s roads.

The ride quality of the new Mazda2 is compliant, riding well over poor British’s roads. Body roll, when cornering is not too bad and it feels very confident on the road. The electric power steering gives good feedback and even on demanding ‘B’ roads the Mazda2 feel composed, even the brakes are efficient. The five speed gearbox is very pleasing, although we did on occasion find it hard to select reverse.

It is pretty easy to get in and out of the front of the Mazda2, rear passengers depending on their mobility might find it a little harder to get into the rear, but there is plenty of interior space relative to the exterior dimensions. Front seat passengers are treated to good leg and head room, and we felt quite at home and not at all cramped.

The driver’s seat is height adjustable over a range of 55 mm which should suit shorter drivers. A ratchet-type lever offers stepless adjustment of the recline of the seat, while a steering wheel height adjustment range of 50 mm (standard on all models) makes it easy for drivers to find an ergonomically correct position.

Our TS2 model even had a leather steering wheel!

The TS2 model we were driving benefited from air conditioning as standard although it only had electric front windows, which means your rear passengers will have to exercise their arms.

There is a double glove box arrangement with the car’s operation manual sitting in the front slot or anything else you might need to hand with a larger 7 litre compartment behind, very clever. The floor centre console between the front seats has a drinks holder and a storage tray behind it for items as large as a handbag.

The front door pockets have a design that allows storage of a 0.5-litre bottle and an A4 atlas. Across the dashboard area is a total of three storage pockets for small items like coins, sweets or keys. Behind the driver’s sun visor is room for maps or other documents as well.

The new Mazda2 will accommodate 250 litres (VDA) of luggage in the boot. If you have a young child, you may struggle to get your buggy into the boot, although it was pleasing to see that both of the outside rear seats have isoFix child seat fixing points with top tether points.

The rear seat backs fold down to increase the load space, and if you want to cram in your booty from an over enthusiastic shopping trip to Ikea you gain 787 litres of space to the roof, increasing your load length from 674 mm to 1,321 mm.

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Mazda Mazda2 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda Mazda Mazda2 1.3 TS2
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourAurora Blue Mica
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph12.9 Seconds
Top Speed 107 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban40.9 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined52.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group4
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year or 60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 20/05/08)£10,109

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