Juliet Reviews…The Mazda2

The B-segment hatch Mazda2 has seen an upgrade to kick off the new year. It is a popular model for the Japanese marque and so it should be. It might not sell like that of its rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, but it remains a strong competitor and one that has just been made even better.

There are six derivatives to choose from with four trim levels on offer. These include the entry-spec Active, the mid-spec Dynamic and Individual, and the high-spec Hazumi. It remains powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine which you can mate to either a manual or automatic transmission.

So, what’s new on this new Mazda2? On the outside you can expect a front and rear chrome bumper strip and shark fin antenna from the Individual derivative. The Mazda2 Dynamic model now rides on new 15-inch silver metallic alloy wheels while the Individual model boasts high-gloss painted 16-inch alloys.

A features such as Bluetooth is now standard across the range and from the Dynamic model upwards you can expect an automatic dimming review mirror, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard.

The cabin is quieter than before with Mazda delving deeper in to research of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels. A new front seat design ensures the ideal posture so as to minimize fatigue and make the whole driving experience far more comfortable. And the leather and cloth combination trim adds a stylish look and feel.

The safety features list has also been expanded to include LED headlamps which are now fitted as standard across the range. The Dynamic model sports side and curtain airbags, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror, as mentioned. The Individual model boasts auto fold mirrors, reverse camera, and rear parking sensors while the top of the range Hazumi welcomes Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

All Mazda2 models come with a standard three-year unlimited kilometer service plan as well as a three-year factory warranty, three-year roadside assistance, and a five-year Corrosion Warranty.

The Mazda2 remains one of my favourite cars. It was, in fact, the very first car I ever test drove. That was way back in 2008. Mazda continues to make fantastic products and if you are in the market for a hatchback, take this new Mazda2 for a spin. I think you might just find it to be a dark horse. And who doesn’t want to stand out from the crowd for opting for something a little different, but still excellent all round?

PRICING OF THE NEW MAZDA2

Mazda2 1.5L Active Hatch Manual – R254,300

Mazda2 1.5L Dynamic Hatch Manual – R278,100

Mazda2 1.5L Dynamic Hatch Auto – R294,100

Mazda2 1.5L Individual Hatch Manual – R302,400

Mazda2 1.5L Individual Hatch Auto – R318,400

Mazda2 1.5L Hazumi Hatch Auto – R342,200

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