Mazda2 is a gem of a small car

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motors Wales - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

DRIV­ING more than 600 miles in two days might not seem ev­ery­one’s idea of fun but I re­cently did just that in a lit­tle su­per­mini and had a whale of a time.

I had to go to North York­shire overnight and, as usual, ran late leav­ing, which meant us­ing the mo­tor­ways all the way – not so much fun.

Ex­cept that I kept up with the traf­fic all the way at nor­mal mo­tor­way and dual car­riage­way speeds, with my usual fairly heavy right foot when­ever op­por­tu­nity of­fered, and the car still re­turned an amaz­ing 49.7mpg.

Even bet­ter, it had a petrol en­gine. What’s not to like?

I was driv­ing the mar­vel­lous Mazda2 with a sweet-revving 90bhp 1.5 en­gine un­der the bon­net and not a turbo in sight.

I drove back from my job, over and through the York­shire Dales on or­di­nary roads and country lanes with sud­den bends and corkscrew sur­faces.

The “2” loved ev­ery­thing I threw at it, only be­com­ing slightly un­set­tled over the very worst of sur­faces at speed, but oth­er­wise rid­ing very com­fort­ably.

The model I drove was the SE-L Nav, which comes with an ex­cel­lent ar­ray of stan­dard equip­ment.

The steer­ing wheel is ad­justable for height and reach, the driver’s seat ad­justs for height, it has elec­tric win­dows and heated fold­ing mir­rors, ex­cel­lent air con, a trip com­puter and a DAB ra­dio with aux in and USB port.

There are au­dio con­trols on the wheel and it comes with stop-start, cruise con­trol, sta­bil­ity con­trol, hill hold and tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing.

The list also in­cludes al­loy wheels, a 7in screen for the sat nav and stereo, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, and emer­gency city brak­ing.

This Mazda2 is a gem of a small car that sits very close to the top of the su­per­mini class.

The Mazda2 1.5 SE-L Nav I drove costs £15,200.

Mazda2 1.5 SE-L Nav

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