Mazda Mazda2

The radio and CD player are easy to use and thoughtfully there is 12v socket and auxiliary line-in so that you can easily plug in your iPod or MP3 player. The audio quality is as expected not brilliant but perfectly adequate. You even get audio controls on the steering wheel, which you might find a little fiddly.

We were impressed to see that all new Mazda2 has a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser as standard.

The Mazda2 has been awarded a Five Star NCAP (crash test safety rating) which is as good as it gets, four star child protection  and is let a little down on the pedestrian test scoring two stars out of four. Mazda had kindly added DSC and TCS to our car. This is a £395 option which in our opinion we would spend - it provides you with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), which is designed to keep the car on course when cornering, should you go into a skid and Traction Control System (TSC), which helps prevent wheel spin when pulling off, especially in the wet.

We were very pleased to see that on the TS2 and sport models you get side curtain airbags as standard to protect all passengers in the event of an accident. Of course we would like to see this as standard a cross the range but supermini’s sell on price and the Mazda2 has to be competitive, but at least there is the option to add DSC, TSC and side curtain airbags to the base model for £550.

There is no doubt that the exterior and interior are very pleasing to the eye, sharing the best design elements of the new Mazda line up. We are not surprised to see that the Mazda2 was one of the three finalists for 2008 World Design of the Year, alongside the prestigious Audi R8.

The Mazda2 is not only cute it is also a lot of fun to drive, far better than its predecessor in every way; Mazda have created a totally new car for a new generation. The Mazda2 is going to appeal to all age groups as it offers so much. It is a big car in a small package with refinements such as air conditioning and Dynamic Stability Control. Therefore it is no wonder that it has won the award of 2008 World Car of the Year, beating the short-listed Ford Mondeo and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

We really liked the new Mazda2 and have personally recommended it to a number of people some of who have gone on to buy one a nd from the reports we have received back their owners are very pleased with their cars.

Published : 20/05/08 Author : Melanie Carter

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