There are brands which soldier on with a well known formula and then there are car makes which develop a new recipe which earns much success. Mazda belongs to the latter group and impresses in every segment with its new model line-up and its KODO design language which was introduced with the CX-5 in 2012.
Now they are turning to the supermini’s as appears here in our thorough test drive with the Mazda 2. A B-segment car with that wow-feeling!
The previous Mazda 2 never really turned heads. The car lacked zest and originality both in and outside. The new fourth generation does away with all this. On the outside, the new Kodo nose stands out, totally in style with the other new members of the family. The chromed accent line runs into the LED daylight running lights and the three fluently layered lines on the sides makes the Mazda 2 look a bit like a smaller version of the Mazda 3 or Mazda 6. A design language which clearly appeals to many clients as we can tell from the spectacular sales figures over the last few years.
The chromed accent line gives the new Mazda’s also a face with a charming smiling mouth. Cute and pleasant to look at on the road and on the driveway. The ideal strategy to put a smile on everybody’s face.
Also the interior of our test car pleased us enormously, including many bystanders, as it appeared through their reactions. The white leather seats with their centrally positioned vertical strip was a topic wherever we parked. The cabin finish is truly impeccable. No soft touch materials, but everything looks and feels solid. The carbon inlays on the steering wheel and the side panels of the rear doors where not a must for us but felt not out of place either.
The floating navigation screen and the long chromed strip between the ventilation openings seem to be taken straight from the upper segment. The sporting instrument cluster places the rev counter central and is very legible indeed.
Ergonomics are also of the highest order. The intuitive rotary controller makes using the multimedia system a breeze, although the turning knob could be placed a bit more forward.
Contrary to the previous generation which used the Ford Fiesta platform, this fourth generation Mazda 2 is completely new and stand on a platform, derived from the Mazda CX-5 crossover platform.
Hardly surprising therefore that the Mazda 2 is pleasantly spacious. The rear seats even offer enough space for the taller amongst us. All seats offer delicious seating comfort.
We hit the road with the 90 HP strong 1,5 SKYACTIV-G, a member of Mazda’s latest generation of petrol engines. Performance boils down to a 0-100 acceleration in 9,4 seconds, and a top speed of 183 kmh. Aside from the electronics, this engine sits also in the MX-5 and this explains its sporting, high-revving character. Only the Start/Stop system could be more alert. The strength of this Mazda 2 lies in its weight of only 975 kg. The lower weight adds to the comfortable ride of this small family compact, which is certainly very entertaining to drive. To sum it up briefly, a B-segment car with balls, of which we certainly regretted handing the keys over again.
Engine versions Mazda2:
1.5 SKYACTIV-G 75 hp
1.5 SKYACTIV-G 90 hp
1.5 SKYACTIV-G 115 hp
1.5 SKYACTIV-D 105 hp
From 12.990 euro in Belgium.