Standard features such as multi-adjustable driver’s seat, steering wheel height adjust and steering wheel mounted audio controls and power steering make the Mazda2 easy to control with minimum effort. In addition, its ride and handling characteristics ensure a level of driveability and comfort more usually associated with larger cars.
Mazda2 was voted the Most Comfortable Car 2003 by What Car? magazine, chosen for ‘its neat package of simplicity and clever design’. What Car? commented that even the not-so-agile will find getting in and out of the front or rear easy. Access was praised thanks to the wide-opening doors, low sills and generous head and legroom.
All Mazda products are available under the Motability Contract Hire scheme but for Motability customers in search of a more sporting drive, the Mazda MX-5, recently named Autocar ‘Best Handling Sports Car 2003’ offers outstanding ride and handling coupled with reassuring safety and reliability for complete peace of mind.
The Mazda MX-5 is available with either a 1.6i or 1.8i four cylinder petrol engine. The 1.6i litre engine has a top speed of 119 mph yet it produces a frugal 36.7 mpg on the Combined cycle. The 1.8i model has a top speed of 127 mph and produces 32.5 mpg on the Combined cycle. The six-speed 1.8i Sport has a top speed of 129 mph and produces 31.7 mpg on the Combined cycle.
David McGonigle adds: "Mazda hopes to provide solutions for people who require assistance to stay mobile. Motability customers require access to independent transport and look for the same things as everyone else in a car – economy, driving dynamics, safety and security. The Mazda2 is an excellent example of a vehicle that more than meets those needs."
The 29 Mazda dealers already accredited with Motability each have a specialist trained to advise customers on suitable vehicles and, where necessary, adaptations to controls. Motability sales account for some 150,000 transactions a year and registrations for small cars in the Mazda2 class take the lion's share.
For a full list of Approved Mazda Dealerships log onto www.mazda.co.uk and go to the dealer locator.Published 27 November 2003