A TICK FOR THE ENGINE, A CROSS FOR NO CAMERA
MINI Galletes loves her Mazda2 Neo. The 40-year-old from Dee Why, NSW, bought the five-door in late 2009 and has not had a single worry.
“It’s economical and it’s smooth to drive. I never had a problem with it. For five years it’s been really good,” she says.
“The style is really good and it feels quite comfy. For having a smaller car that’s easy to park and easy to drive, it’s OK.”
She likes the way the all-new Mazda2 drives, and the design.
“It looks bigger, it’s nice, with the colour. I’m expecting a lot more in the features of the car. It’s good for driving and the answering phone calls is good. The Mazda has a great engine.”
But she immediately picks a major flaw. “I expected it would have a reverse camera, which is a good feature now, but it does not have one.”
She can see the quality improvement but is not as happy with the cabin layout or the infotainment.
“It’s nice because the seat is really good, the interior is really great, and there is a very nice texture of the chair and how you move it.
“But the front part, the dashboard, I’m not so impressed.
“I find it confusing with the radio up the top of the screen, but the CD down below.”
She’s still loyal to her blue Neo (near right) and is also comparing the new “smoky rose” Maxx variant (far right) with several other rivals.
“The new Mazda2 is not what I was expecting. The Hyundai (i20) is not a good car but the features inside are awesome.”