The Mazda2 is outstandingly frugal in both petrol and diesel variants. Lively 1.25-litre 75ps, 1.4-litre 80ps or 1.6-litre 100ps four cylinder 16-valve petrol engines with manual transmission return 44.8mpg, 42.8mpg and 42.2mpg respectively on the official Combined cycle. The 1.4-litre diesel engine has a power output of 68ps at 4,000rpm and maximum torque of 160Nm at 2,000rpm whilst returning 62.8mpg (Combined cycle) and CO2 emissions of just 119g/km. Auto Shift Manual models return the same (or better) Combined fuel consumption as normal manual transmission models.

Standard features such as multi-adjustable driver’s seat, steering wheel height adjust, 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.

Inside, there is generous head and shoulder room. Ten innovative storage compartments make clever use of space for smaller items. For larger items, Mazda2 also possesses a luggage compartment that is unusually large for this class. With the rear seats folded down Mazda2 has a load capacity of 1,044-litres with a flat floor.

Mazda2 benefits from excellent safety thanks to an extremely rigid body structure and a strong passenger safety cell – the Mazda Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System (MAIDAS). In the case of a serious head-on collision, the brake pedal decouples and is pulled away from the driver’s legs, which reduces the overall risk of leg injuries.

Further safety features include dual-stage front airbags and optional side and curtain airbags that protect passengers in the front and rear seats in case of side impact. The best possible active safety is provided by an agile front-wheel drive chassis and well damped suspension and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).

Mazda2 Pricing And Data At-a-Glance
New Model Price OTR Insurance Group Combined mpg CO2 g/km VED
1.25 S £7,995* 2E 44.8 150 A
1.4 S ASM £9,295* 3E 44.1 152 B
1.4 Antares £8,995 4E 42.8 157 B
1.4 Capella £9,995 4E 42.8 157 B
1.4 Capella ASM £10,495 4E 44.1 152 B
1.6 Capella £10,395 6E 42.2 159 B
1.4 S Diesel £8,995* 3E 62.8 119 AA
1.4 S Diesel ASM £9,595* 3E 62.8 119 AA
1.4 Antares Diesel £9,495 4E 62.8 119 AA
1.4 Capella Diesel £10,495 4E 62.8 119 AA

* Special offer prices include customer savings and apply to retail and small business sales only. Certain sales categories may be excluded. Offer subject to availability at participating dealers on vehicles registered between 1 April up to and including 30 June 2004.

Published : 26/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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