I was lucky to get an opportunity to test drive the Mazda2 1.5L De Hazumi Auto for a week and one of its biggest appeals is the way it looks – thanks to Mazda’s Kodo design language.
The design language elements are well put together to make the Mazda2 look sporty, bigger, attractive, muscular and more admirable. The entire Mazda line-up including Mazda CX-5, Mazda MX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3 embody this design language.
The front end of the Mazda2 has a big and distinct grille with a large bumper and new headlight cluster that can be seen from the front and side views. Its soft lines bend back pleasantly from the front, ending in a great looking overhang.
The diesel engine, coupled with i-Stop technology, delivers a great fuel economy. In my opinion, it tops majority of hatches – including Peugeot 208 1.6HDi, Volkswagen Polo 1.4TDI and Ford Fiesta 1.6TDCi to mention a few – in the same segment.
The SKYACTIV-Body structure is lighter and stronger, improving the car’s dynamic driving performance and giving the driver a safer and sportier experience.
What impressed me most about the Madza 2 is the interior. It looks very clean, simple and modern with a central LCD touchscreen infotainment system which can also be controlled via a rotating dial between the front seats. The boot has a deep carrying capacity.
- Power: 77kW at 4000rpm
- Torque: 250Nm at 2500
- 0-100 km/h: N/A
- Top speed: 179km/h
- Fuel consumption: 4.4 litres/100km
- Fuel type: Diesel (Petrol option available)
- Fuel tank capacity: 44 litres
- Price: From R188 000
What we like about the car
- It is larger than the previous model
- It is comfortable
- It has excellent diesel engine and is fun to drive
- It has great sporty looks
- Exceptional fuel economy
What we don’t like about the car
- The rear leg-room is not spacious enough
Out of five rating: 4/5