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Mazda2

The independent definitive Mazda2 video review

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    2 TO THE POWER OF 3 (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The third generation Mazda2 supermini gets a welcome package of improvements. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 77

    The Mazda2 is a strong option if you're looking for a quality supermini and has been usefully improved in this upgraded form. This update brings mild hybrid technology to the range for the first time, plus some minor handling upgrades and a smarter look. As before, this model packs in some big car features into a pertly-styled body and features great real-world economy. It's a real contender to the likes of the Fiesta, Corsa, 208 and Clio.

    Backgroundword count: 139

    The Mazda2 is going places. The first Mazda2 sold 410,000 units between 2003 and 2007. The 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, effectively being rebodied Fiestas which, as anyone who's ever driven a modern Fiesta will happily admit, is no bad thing. For the third generation version, this current car, launched in 2015, Mazda went it alone, this MK3 model '2 riding on its own SKYACTIV chassis technology. At launch, that looked quite a gamble but Mazda has its tail up at the moment after the success of the latest Mazda3, CX-30 and MX-5 models and has no hesitation in making bold claims for its supermini contender. Now, they've further updated the car.

    Driving Experienceword count: 292

    Buyers now choose from two versions of the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol unit with 75 or 90PS on tap. Power is transferred to the front wheels via five and six-speed manual transmissions as well as a six-speed automatic. That's as before; what's changed is the addition of mild hybrid technology to this powerplant that's made it cleaner and more efficient. Mazda has made some dynamic changes too. Already a supermini well-regarded for its handling, subtle updates have enhanced its driver appeal with changes that include use of a urethane top mount in the rear dampers and revisions to the power steering to improve response and feel. In addition, this revised Mazda2 features G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) - the evolved version of Mazda's GVC system, which now uses the brakes to apply direct yaw movement control in addition to the previous system's engine control. Basically, it helps you get grip down through the bends. As before, the suspension has been set up to be Volkswagen-firm which you'll feel on poor surfaces but the flipside of this is that the Mazda2 offers reassuring body control in corners. The steering is an electrically-assisted system, so don't expect bucketloads of feedback, but you can count on clean response and perfect accuracy. For this lightly revised model, front and rear damper settings have been revised to enhance ride quality, while to improve body control, the front anti-roll bar bushing has changed and the structure of the front lower suspension arm has been modified. Additionally, a small recalibration of the electric power steering is supposed to result in improved steering feel. Overall, with a sporty feel and easy manoeuvrability, the Mazda2 is more than just a city scoot. It's got a welcome element of long distance versatility too.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-60 mph (s):

    8.7

    12.1

    Combined mpg:

    56.5

    83.1

    Extra urban mpg:

    53.3

    65.7

    Height (mm):

    1475

    Length (mm):

    4060

    Max Speed (mph):

    106

    124

    ... and 6 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Small Runabouts

    Performance
    60%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    70%
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