New Mazda2 has style and qual­ity

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Derek Og­den

Like a feath­er­weight fighter, the Mazda2 has just squared up to op­po­nents in the light-car di­vi­sion with up­graded ver­sions of its pop­u­lar sub-com­pact ve­hi­cle.

Avail­able in four hatch­back ver­sions, Neo, Maxx, Genki and GT, and three sedans, Neo, Maxx and GT, the new Mazda2 fol­lows on from the Mazda3 and 6 with G-Vec­tor­ing Con­trol pro­duc­ing even safer han­dling.

In a first for the light-car seg­ment, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing and rear cross traf­fic alert come to Mazda2, be­ing fit­ted as stan­dard on up-spec Genki and GT.

This joins Smart City Brake, for­ward sup­port across the range (the only vol­ume seller to do this), and Smart City Brake Sup­port Re­verse, now stan­dard from the Maxx up.

Up­dates to sus­pen­sion and re­cal­i­bra­tion of elec­tric power steer­ing have im­proved ride and han­dling, and wind noise has been re­duced by an in­su­lated wind­screen.

Like­wise en­gine noise and road noise are kept at bay by in­su­la­tion and sus­pen­sion damp­ing.

Like its larger sta­ble­mates, the new Mazda2 gains an up­graded steer­ing wheel, while each mem­ber of the new range is full of dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures.

Neo and Maxx now in­clude elec­tric fold­ing mir­rors with in­te­grated in­di­ca­tors, with Maxx also earn­ing DAB+ ra­dio. The CD player has been deleted across the range.

Genki gets au­to­matic fold­ing mir­rors, LED foglamps, a colourac­tive driv­ing dis­play, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing and rear cross traf­fic alert as stan­dard.

GT rides on mod­ern sil­ver 16inch al­loy wheels as stylish as they come, with in­te­rior up­grades in­clud­ing white leather trim.

Both are topped off with the lat­est shark fin an­tenna on hatch mod­els.

Con­tem­po­rary colours in­clude a new Deep Crim­son Mica, with de­buts by Eter­nal Blue Mica, Me­teor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica all join­ing Soul Red Metal­lic, Dy­namic Blue Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica and Aluminium Metal­lic on the pal­ette.

The new Mazda2 is pow­ered by a 1.5-litre Sky­ac­tiv-G petrol en­gine, with an up-spec ver­sion for Maxx, Genki and GT with i-stop, mated to a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic.

There has been no change to prices over the pre­vi­ous mod­els, with the en­try-level Neo man­ual hatch and sedan at $14,990 (auto $2000 ex­tra) and the GT equiv­a­lents top­ping out the range at $21,680 and $23,680, re­spec­tively. All prices are drive-away.

The Mazda2 GT hatch we tested had qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and very good fit and fin­ish.

Min­i­mal­ism is the catch-cry, with two-tone black-and-white seats re­placed by solid white ma­te­rial ex­tend­ing as far as the seat­back.

The seat cen­tre sec­tion is given a new look with dot pat­tern ma­te­rial with a thin red line, flanked by fine rows of stitch­ing run­ning up the cen­tre of the back, dis­tin­guish­ing the depth of the seat.

Black ac­cents added to the shoul­der sec­tions unite the whole de­sign.

An ac­tive driv­ing dis­play di­rectly in front of the driver has been im­proved to help them con­cen­trate on driv­ing the ve­hi­cle.

Now full colour, it is brighter and has more con­trast, with warn­ings dis­played in red and am­ber.

A full-colour 7.0-inch dis­play screen is sit­u­ated on the top of the cen­tral dash­board, once again at driver eye level, with data con­trol from a wheel and switches on the cen­tre con­sole.

Menu switch­ing can also be done via voice con­trol.

The high-spec en­gine in the GT comes with the Mazda i-stop en­gine start/stop sys­tem aimed at sav­ing fuel.

With 81kW of peak power and 141Nm of torque, the high-com­pres­sion motor works best in the higher rev range, do­ing so ac­com­pa­nied by a brassy note.

In a solid work­out over sev­eral days of city liv­ing the Mazda2 GT hatch six-speed man­ual av­er­aged fuel con­sump­tion strad­dling nine litres per 100km.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The new Mazda2 is pow­ered by a 1.5-litre Sky­ac­tiv-G petrol en­gine.

En­gine noise and road noise are kept at bay by in­su­la­tion and sus­pen­sion damp­ing.

The new Mazda2 has an up­graded steer­ing wheel.

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