THREE CITY HATCHES LOADED WITH TECH
City hatchbacks now have advanced technology once exclusive to luxury cars. Priced from $23,000 to $25,000 drive-away these particular examples aren’t cheap — that’s the starting price of cars the next size up.
But more buyers are opting for the dearer versions of smaller cars now that they have the latest safety aids.
In the past few months the Toyota Yaris has received a facelift, the Mazda2 has had a makeover and a new Suzuki Swift has arrived. Each has chosen a different path when it comes to technology. Here’s how they compare.
The Mazda2 Genki is the dearest among this trio at $24,890 drive-away.
However, with the exception of one colour, “soul red”, Mazda doesn’t charge for metallic paint, which adds $450 to $500 to the others.
Standard equipment includes city-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB), which will slam on the brakes at up to 30km/h if it senses an imminent accident.
Uniquely among this trio the Genki has AEB while reversing, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, blind zone warning and a retractable “heads-up” screen on the top of the dash that shows the car’s speed and the speed limit.
Faux carbon-fibre trim, soft-touch dash material and a tablet-style touchscreen help give the Mazda2 an upmarket appearance.
A cluster of buttons and dials in the centre console — to operate the audio and navigation