Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mazda2 to the Power of Three ; the Second-Generation Mazda2 Received a Lot of Love and Andy Enright Thinks the Third Is a Big Step on againADVERTISING FEATURE

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mazda2 to the Power of Three ; the Second-Generation Mazda2 Received a Lot of Love and Andy Enright Thinks the Third Is a Big Step on againADVERTISING FEATURE

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THE Mazda2 is going places. e rst generation sold 410,000 units between 2003 and 2007. e second generation model had a seven year run at the market but had already eclipsed its predecessor's total midway through 2010. Both cars owed a lot to Ford's strategic partnership with Mazda, eEUR ectively being rebodied Fiestas which, as anyone who's ever driven a modern Fiesta will happily admit, is no bad thing.

is time round, Mazda is going it alone with the latest '2 riding on its own SKYACTIV chassis technology. at would appear to be quite a gamble but Mazda has its tail up at the moment after the success of the latest '3, '6 and MX-5 models, so why shouldn't it showcase what it can do to the '2? DRIVING EXPERIENCE Buyers get to choose between either a 1.5-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre diesel in a variety of diEUR erent guises. e petrol motor is oEUR ered in 75, 90 or 115ps outputs, while the diesel cranks out a healthy 105ps and, more pertinently, 220Nm of torque at just 1,400rpm. It's easily the pick of the bunch.

Power is transferred to the front wheels via veand six-speed manual transmissions as well as a six-speed automatic. All are newly developed compact, lightweight versions of the acclaimed gearboxes oEUR ered on other new-generation Mazdas.

DESIGN AND BUILD All around the world there are languages dying out but Mazda's designers seem to have one all of their own when they start describing the Mazda2. To most people the 'KODO - Soul of Motion' design doesn't really mean a lot. Suoece to say it looks quite a bit like the existing CX5, Mazda 3 and Mazda6, which means a zowing blend of curves, lots of shape in the zanks and a gaping front grille. It looks better than it sounds, especially when specied with a decent set of alloys.

e interior's probably the biggest surprise. We expected the cabin to be boldly-styled but built out of some shiny plastics and with ergonomics that were a bit hit and miss. It's anything but. In fact, the design is relatively clean and conservative, but the colour combinations that Mazda oEUR ers are a knockout and the materials quality is genuinely surprising.

It's spacious too. By stretching the wheelbase by 80mm, Mazda has delivered a decentlysized passenger cell for a ve-supermini. ere's a big glove box and door pockets that can hold large bottles. e boot's deep and boasts 280-litres of room with the seats in place or 960- litres when they're folded, which is just a few litres oEUR that of the latest Fiesta.

MARKET AND MODEL Prices range in the Pounds 12,000 to Pounds 17,500 bracket common to superminis in this segment. ere's a ve- level grade structure - SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav. Here are three 1.5-litre petrol units with 75, 90 or 115ps on tap, plus a 105ps 1.5-litre diesel.

Mazda claims that the range sets new standards for infotainment, incar connectivity and equipment levels in the segment with the 90ps SE-L Nav models featuring a 7-inch colour touch-screen, a rotary Multimedia Commander infotainment control, MZD Connect, DAB radio, and a satellite navigation system as standard, whilst Sport Nav models also benet from the addition of 16-inch alloy wheels, smart keyless entry and climate control air-conditioning. …

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