Mazda 2 is a revision of the Mazda Demio wagon, and some original styling features of the Demio can be seen in the new model 2.
Front styling has the new Mazda five point grille, deep front bumper, flared guards and Flare lines running from the outer edges of the grille, across the bonnet to give a sporty image.
The interior has been designed for occupant comfort and space.
Light beige seat and panel trim colours present a fresh and spacious appeal to the cabin.
The front seats give good comfort and support and are set well up off the floor for excellent all round visibility.
Wide opening doors provide easy entry and exit to both front positions. A height-tilt mechanism fitted to the driver's seat provides good back and thigh support. Steering wheel height is adjustable for driver comfort and clear vision of the instruments. The two-tone dashboard has a lidded storage box at top centre with heating/ventilation and stereo controls easily defined in the centre console.
Rear seat occupants sit slightly higher than those in front for good visibility while still allowing excellent head room. As the rear seat slides 100mm fore-aft, leg space can be adjusted as required and all three-rear passengers get lap/diagonal seat belts.
The rear hatch door cuts well down into the rear bumper, which gives a low load lip height into the flat cargo floor. Mazda claim two full sized mountain bikes can be carried in this area without removing the wheels. An all-new aluminium 1498cc engine uses continuously variable valve timing, tuned intake manifold and the latest fuel injection and ignition to produce an energetic 82kW of power and 141Newton meters of torque.
This output is tops in the 1.5 litre class and more than that turned out by some 1.6 litre vehicles.
Mazda 2 returned very good fuel consumption figures and we averaged 6.6 litres per 100km. The vehicle is equally happy to travel at slow speeds in second gear or under performance acceleration although; engine operation noise is intrusive over 4000rpm.
Strong body construction, revised front suspension struts with a lower 'A' frame and stronger rear torsion beam gives the Mazda2 an easy, compliant ride along with a confident cornering ability and grip out on the open road and makes Mazda 2 one of the best handling vehicles in its class.
Power assisted steering has 2.7 turns lock to lock that makes for easy parking and manoeuvring.
Disappointingly, ABS is not a standard fitment on Mazda 2, so if purchasing in the used market look for ABS equipped models to maximise safety and value for money.
Standard equipment includes remote central locking with engine immobiliser, electric window operation, electric adjust mirrors, air conditioning, vanity mirrors in both sun-visors, CD player, dual front air bags with dual stage inflation, front seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters.
Mazda 2 is also available in a Sport version that comes with a body kit of a deeper front bumper/spoiler with front fog lamps, side sill skirts, rear bumper skirt, rear roof spoiler, alloy wheels, ABS brakes with EBD assistance and 6 stack CD player with stereo controls on the steering wheel.