Herald Sun - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE -

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.”

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