Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mazda2 Now More Af-Ford-Able

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mazda2 Now More Af-Ford-Able

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Byline: Steve Hughes

MAZDA has revealed prices for its new supermini range, which will undercut Ford's rival Focus by about PS1,500 when it arrives here early next year.

It is also predicted to retain more of its original price, making it a better long-term prospect for ownership in comparison to the Fiesta, which was also beaten by Volkswagen's new Polo in a recent comparison test by What Car? Magazine, which concluded that the Polo was better to be in and cheaper.

Despite being less expensive, the new Mazda2 is loaded with the sort of hi-tech luxury features that are normally the preserve of larger prestige models.

Prices for this Mazda2 start at PS11,995 in comparison to an entry price of PS13,445 for the German-made Fiesta.

According to Mazda, the new car's attributes are new levels of technological sophistication, driving pleasure and active safety.

The range sets new standards for infotainment, in-car connectivity and equipment levels in the segment with the 90bhp SE-L Nav models boasting a 7in colour touchscreen, a rotary Multimedia Commander infotainment control, MZD Connect, DAB radio and a satellite navigation system as standard, while Sport Nav models also get 16in alloy wheels, keyless entry and climate control.

Initially there will be a socalled Sports Launch Edition, costing PS14,995, which is powered by a 1.5-litre 90bhp petrol engine, and comes with an integrated navigation system, 16in alloy wheels, privacy glass, dusk-sensing lights, rain-sensing front wipers, rear parking sensors and metallic/ mica/pearlescent paint.

In total there will be a choice of 12 petrol and four diesel variants, and the 16-strong line-up will be priced from PS11,995 to PS17,395.

The five-level grade structure comprises SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav. Available from the SE-L grade, the 7in touch-screen combines with a rotary Multimedia Commander to create an enhanced human-machine interface offering intuitive interactivity and infotainment control. …

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