Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mazda2 Makes the Weight in Sporting Style

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mazda2 Makes the Weight in Sporting Style

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Byline: Malcolm Robertshaw

ONE of the latest cars to join the range of superminis available in the UK is the Mazda2, a neat little thing which has bucked the trend of recent superminis.

While many newcomers tend to weigh in heavier than the models they replace, Mazda2's compact set-up comes with a distinct weight advantage.

Faced with rivals which are longer, taller and wider, the Mazda2 has a much lighter kerb weight to carry so that - mounted on an all-new lightweight, sports-tuned chassis - this is one of the sharper and more fuel-efficient superminis. There are four engines from which to choose, three petrol in two surprisingly frisky 1.3-litre engines pulling 73bhp and 84bhp respectively, plus a 1.5-litre 102bhp, while the diesel option is a 1.4-litre with 66bhp.

The trim levels are quite generous, although you do have to go without the likes of manual air con and electric mirrors at entry level, while the likes of rear electric windows, climate control air con, traction and stability control, plus front fogs and 16in alloys don't kick in until the range-topping Sport model.

However, all models do qualify for some impressive braking via an ABS system with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist, plus there is a good level of security on board.

The Mazda2 comes with three or five doors and there is plenty of space for four adults within the cabin, which has a light and airy feel about it.

Rear legroom is impressive and while the rear seats are a one-piece single bench affair on the entry level TS model, in the TS2 the rear seats split 60:40 and fold forward.

This increases the luggage bay from an average 250-litres with all seats taken to 787-litres. In addition, the luggage area is lit up.

While the Mazda2 is quite stylish on the outside, inside good looks give way to serviceability. …

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