Mazda2 Review

Mazda2
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Mazda Mazda2 Review

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The Mazda2 is available with four different engine variants the 1.25, 1.4, 1.6 petrol and a 1.4 MZ-Cd Common rail diesel engine.

How It Drove - Performance

The Mazda2 is available with four different engine variants the 1.25, 1.4, 1.6 petrol and a 1.4 MZ-Cd Common rail diesel engine.

We tested the 1.6 Sport which boasts a 100bhp 16V engine. The Mazda2 is lively around town and absorbed speed bumps and pot holes comfortably. The gearbox is slick resulting in smooth gear changes and coupled with a light springy clutch the Mazda2 makes town driving effortless. The Mazda2 is also now available with Auto-Shift-Manual transmission (Optional at extra cost) which enables you to make clutchless gear changes. It has the all the advantages of a automatic transmission wiith the fuel economy of a manual (click here for more information).

On 'A' and 'B' roads the larger 1.6 Sport engine is more than capable and had the feel of a much larger car. However, on the Motorway road noise became more intrusive but the engine was powerful enough to keep up with the flow.

Mazda engines are renowned for their superb performance and fuel efficiency and the Mazda2's engine is no exception. Its lightweight aluminium construction with advanced combustion technology and precision drive-by-wire throttle control returned an impressive average 40mpg on our road test.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

Mazda engineers have concentrated much of their efforts on the body shell and chassis design of the Mazda2 and this really shows, they have created an exceptionally stable car with superb driving dynamics. The overall ride is both reassuring and reasonably firm. The steering is well balanced and precise with power assistance standard throughout the range.

The Mazda2 has an agile front-wheel drive chassis, well damped suspension, ABS with EBD (ABS with EBD optional on the 'S') and EBA (which is standard throughout the range). However, if pushed beyond the parameters of safe driving the car will become unsettled and will understeer which is only to be expected. Our test car had Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which is available as an option on the Sport model and is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during acceleration, cornering and avoidance manoeuvres.

The Mazda2 has exceptional levels of grip and on the open road you could easily forget that you are driving a supermini.

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Mazda Mazda2 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda Mazda Mazda2 1.6 Sport
  
Body Type5-door hatchback
ColourBlack Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11.4 seconds
Top Speed 112 mph
  
TransmissionManual
  
Fuel TypePetrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban29.4 mpg
Extra Urban48.7 mpg
Combined39.8 mpg
  
Insurance Group6
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3-year/60,000 mile warranty from date of registration, with unlimited mileage in the first year
6-year anti-perforation warranty
3-year unlimited mileage, paint and surface corrosion warranty
The Mazda 3-Year manufacturers warranty includes Mazda European Assistance
Price (when tested on the 21/11/03)£ 12,000

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