The recession seems to have benefited Mazda, in more ways than one. Ford did the nice thing of updating their model range, and Mazda seem to be a bit more free and easy with their attitude and approach recently. Having not made much of a noise before their split with Ford, they now seem to be making a big noise, for a rather small car - the Mazda2.
A cute car to look at, the Mazda2 now has a three-door derivative, which personally, I prefer. On the three door version I tested, aesthetically speaking, I find the headlights just tuck nicely into the body. Flowing into the high waistline that runs down the car to that pinched, firm rear-end, smoother than on its five door brother. Now top it all off with a little roof spoiler, in keeping with the Sporty nature that Mazda as a brand are known for, and its a sweet looking little motor.
The ‘Sport’ model I tested was everything a small sporty hatch should be, fun and nippy through town, tight through sweeping bends and composed at motorway speeds. Mazda has definitely stepped up their game recently, and it shows.
Cruising about town and showing off to the boys is done in style in this little pocket rocket, reaching 0-62mph in just under 11seconds. You’ll be zipping through the town centre (hopefully not demonstrating the 0-62mph abilities!), with no fear of running out of fuel anytime soon either, because the little 1.5L does 48.7mpg combined. A tight and engaging ride, you will not want it to end - and when it does, you’ll be satisfied.
The Mazda2 isn’t just cute on the outside, but also attractive inside too. Steering Wheel mounted controls mean changing tracks is safer and easier whilst you’re on the road, and with the interface being kept simple and clean, you aren’t distracted by lots of lights and buttons to worry about. Space is somewhat limited, but when you’re looking at it’s competition, you aren’t spoilt for space in any of the models.
Day to day the Mazda2 Sport features Auto Headlights and Wipers, Front Fog Lights, Climate Control and an edgy little body kit to invoke the boy racer within. A sensible decision when buying a small car, however with
the Sport you gain that style and substance against the other models and for under £13,000 it’s a no brainer in my books.
Overall, if Mazda continue to produce cars to this specification and quality since the split, then we are all in for some treats from the Japanese car maker.