HIGH­LIGHTS

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - First Drive -

Plant the right foot — you need to, be­cause the non-turbo 2 needs to have revs on board to do its best work — and the 1.5-litre en­gine cranks up the vol­ume along with the pace. Semi-trail­ers blast­ing along­side like­wise in­trude on the cabin am­bi­ence.

The Mazda2 is far less vo­cal when driven in city en­vi­rons and the steer­ing and throt­tle are on par with the best in the class.

If car­ry­ing gear is part of the rou­tine, the sedan is the pick with 440L of cargo space to the hatch’s 250L. Oth­er­wise, the smaller hatch is a smarter look and smaller car to park.

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