Mazda 2 also called as Mazda Demio was unveiled globally for the first time in the year 1996. The design concept of the first Mazda 2 vehicle was of supermini hatchback. Bold facade, muscular layout, and long list of appealing inserts make Mazda 2 hold a place amongst the ranks of more expensive alternatives. This product by Japanese manufacturer is the successor of the popular European car named as Mazda Demio. In addition, this vehicle has successfully got the badge of 'World Car of the Year' title in 2008 and 'Car of the Year' for its fourth generation variant.
Engine, Mileage & Variants
Innovative technology SkyActiv is equipped in Mazda 2 that contributes better to the fuel economy segment and indirectly to the environment. For Philippines market, 1.5-litre turbo engine comes equipped under the hood that generates power output of 108 PS at 6000 rpm alongside a peak torque measuring 139 Nm at 4000 rpm. It delivers significant mileage count of about 23.2 kmpl without compromising on power front. The car doesn't offer you exhilarating speed figures but still it picks up numbers quite efficiently. The SkyActic 1.5-litre engine of Mazda 2 can dispatch 0-100 kmph in 10 seconds clocking a top speed of 180 kmph.
Mazda 2 available in both the body styles; sedan and hatchback and has been given exterior detailing that clearly states a sense of forward momentum and adequate energy packed within. Body coloured bumpers, sleek and grinning radiator grille show the similarity with the more popular Mazda 3. Distinctively designed five-spoked 15-inch wheels in tyre size 185/55 R15 enhance the lateral appeal of the car alongside improvising grip with the road surface. The overall dimensions of sedan variant of Mazda 2 measure 4320 mm X 1695 mm X 1470 mm and for the hatchback variant, they remain proportioned at 4060 mm X 1695 mm X 1495 mm (L X W X H). The wheelbase for the same is counted 2570 mm.
The interiors of Mazda 2 make it competent over other rivals available in the Philippines auto market. The fresh interior design of Mazda 2 is quite spacious and airy. The dashboard layout embracing well-shaped centre control design amazingly matches with the internal theme. For entertainment, the cabin is employed with basic stereo system featuring AM/FM radio player, CD and MP3 player letting you enjoy the ride with your favourite music (optional touchscreen available). Folding down the rear seats with 60:40 split arrangement increases boot volume from 377-litres to 764-litres. To makes its occupants comfortable and more relaxed, this compact car is embedded with air conditioner system with heating functionality and comfy seats which are covered with quality fabric.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The optimized cross section shapes along with simple frame layout of new Mazda 2 gives the car body an attractive and safe structure. To make its occupants feel safe and confident, this car is lauded with dual front airbags system which activates instantly at the event of collision or fatality. Its dynamic braking system appoints ventilated disc brakes for the front pair of wheels, and solid disc brakes for the rear. Further, boasting the performance of braking system, this vehicle is loaded with anti-lock braking system (ABS) accompanied by electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). Moreover, handling won't be an issue at higher speeds as the car is appointed with Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) offering smooth handling and better control to the driver.
Mazda 2 is fun to drive and also the best way to achieve decent fuel economy. However, the interior is quite cramped as compare to its rivals like Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio. Still, for the given price, Mazda 2 can possibly be your best bet at owning a “smart car” at the cheapest possible price.