The introduction of two new Mazda2 1.6D Sport models this spring has doubled the line-up of diesel-powered cars in this popular range that has attracted more than 3,500 buyers so far this year. Mazda2 customers now have a choice of two diesel powertrains (1.4 68ps and 1.6 90ps), and two generous equipment levels (TS2 and Sport) - with three-door and five-door hatchback body styles.
With a CO2 rating of only 112g/km - qualifying for Band C and an annual road fund licence of just £35 - the new Mazda2 1.6D Sport delivers an unrivalled, class-best blend of performance and fuel economy. It accelerates to 62mph in just 11.4 seconds and achieves 67.3mpg (combined cycle) and well over 50mpg (55.4mpg) in the official urban cycle test. The new 1,560cc diesel engine features four-valves per cylinder and delivers 90ps at 4,000rpm with 215Nm of torque at just 1,750rpm, driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
For drivers in search of even greater fuel economy, the Mazda2 1.4D TS2 achieves 68.9mpg (combined cycle), matches the 1.6D Sport around town (55.4mpg) and reaches 62mph from standstill in 15.5 seconds. This model's CO2 rating is 107g/km which qualifies it for a Band B road fund licence.
The Mazda2 5dr achieved a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating and the 3 door model benefits from the same level of safety design, engineering and equipment - its structure redesigned to provide extra resistance to side impacts while accommodating 220mm longer front doors. Mazda2 breaks the industry trend for increasing weight and size with each successive replacement model. It was 100kg lighter than the previous model, thanks to Mazda's 'gram strategy' diet, and the use of lightweight ultra-high tensile steels and new technology - leading to excellent fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions.
By adopting clever packaging solutions for its smallest car, Mazda ensured that the interior offers excellent passenger space for its compact exterior size, plus a competitive boot volume. Every Mazda2 still has 250 litres of cargo volume in the boot which can be expanded to a maximum of 787 litres by folding down the rear seatbacks.
For 2009, Mazda2's generous standard equipment levels were upgraded even further. The Mazda2 1.4D TS2 (from £11,153) features include: 15-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, air-conditioning, remote central locking with deadlocks, electric front windows, driver seat height adjust, CD radio with auxiliary (AUX) input jack and four speakers, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, body coloured electric folding door mirrors, 60/40 split rear seats and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm plus immobiliser.
Topping the 2009 range, the new Mazda2 1.6D Sport (from £12,817) gains new projector type sports style headlamps for a more distinctive appearance. Inside, it has dark cloth door trim inserts and black-out instruments to enhance its sporty appeal. Standard equipment (above the TS2) includes: 16-inch alloy wheels, Sports Styling Kit, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, front fog lights, dusk sensing auto-lights and rain sensing auto-wipers, electric rear windows (5 door only), 'trip computer, speed alarm, two additional audio speakers (total six) and climate control air-conditioning.
Petrol-powered Mazda2 models start at just £8,899.
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