Mazda has been hard at work on the new Mazda 2, and the results are nothing short of phenomenal. The Mazda 2 slots neatly into the small car segment and promises to deliver the perfect daily driving experience. Thanks to some intelligent and functional design choices from Mazda, the 2 has taken a different route than anything else on the market, offering something completely unique. Compiled here in this Mazda 2 review is everything you need to know about the Mazda supermini.
An Updated Exterior
The main change you really should focus on is the grille. Switching from billet style to a more sleek mesh design. As the old grille didn’t really seem fit the theme of the strong outside layout, something had to change. Now improved, the 2020+ variant looks to have really honed in on its style.
Of course we have to talk about colours. There are 8 different options to choose from for the hatch variant and they are Blue Mica, Red Mica, White Mica, Deep Blue Mica, Machine Grey Metallic, Polymetal Grey Metallic, Jet Black Mica and Silver Metallic. The sedan variant has 6 of the 8 listed from above and is only missing out on the Deep Blue Mica and Polymetal Grey Metallic colour options. All of these allow their drivers to get the colour they want while also being smart style choices from Mazda to enhance outside accents.
The Interior Experience
Comfort and functionality, the two most important aspects you need to perfect when creating a daily driver. The Mazda 2, a car whose purpose is to be better than your current daily driver, is ready to show its stuff. Mazda did it smart with how they went about it considering the amount of space available.
If you are looking for flashy and unnecessary then you should go elsewhere, the Mazda 2 keeps it sophisticated and functional. Everything works as you would want it, incredibly comfy seats and an easy to use interface. Simple button designs positioned along your eye line, 2 USB ports for charging your devices, a comfortable amount of room around the steering wheel for your arms and of course a tablet with all the features you would want. When you're driving you need utility, and with the amount of storage and easy to use accessories, it’s easy to see the potential of the Mazda 2.
Unique Engine Choice
Here comes the most unusual choice when it comes to the Mazda 2 supermini, the basic petrol engine. You might be thinking “not a diesel engine or turbo option?” and you would be fair to think so, but Mazda knows their cars the best and believes that a petrol engine is the way to go. Under the bonnet is a 1.5L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that depending on the model is 74bhp or 89bhp.
For a very affordable, reliable and great everyday vehicle, this engine choice makes a lot more sense. It’s handling ability is massively improved compared to other superminis and its capabilities way exceed what you would expect for its cost. By restricting choice, and keeping things simple, honest and straightforward, Mazda keeps that cost down. It might not be initially obvious, but by offering more choices, all the cars are more expensive - basic logistics. Reduced choices, means reduced cost. Enjoy!
Models Fit For Everyone
With the capabilities set in place, now it's time to showcase what each model offers and what price you can expect to pay when picking up a Mazda 2. The Mazda 2 has four different models in its line and each one is packed with equipment that’s going to be more so utility focus.
The first and most affordable on the line is the Mazda 2 SE-L. Even though it may be the baseline option it comes with some impressive additions you wouldn’t expect. With climate control, parking sensors as well as automatic headlights and wipers. This all comes in at around $28,630 AUD.
For $30,050, not much more, you have the SE-L Nav variant. This version offers lane-keep / lane departure assistants as well as smartphone mirroring.
3rd on this list is the Mazda 2 Sports Nav. Improvements found here consist of the LED headlights, 16-inch rims, privacy glass, and keyless go. This is an impressive lineup of improvement considering the price doesn’t increase much, sitting at $31,300 AUD.
Last up is the Mazda 2 GT Sport Nav and is a heavy focus on long-distance driving improvements as well as some improvements to daily experiences. What you will find at the price of $32,745 AUD is a heated steering wheel, leather seats, and a reversing camera.
How It Feels As A Daily Driver
All this talk on functionality and accessories has got to get you curious about how it feels as an everyday driver right? To no one surprise, the Mazda 2 easily handles everyday tasks. Although the power might be a little less than some other small cars available the Mazda 2 sits at the top in handling. Pair this with the comfortable seats, minimalist button interface, infotainment and an easy to use steering wheel, and you’ve got an honest, refreshing daily driver that is just plain fantastic to own.
When it comes to tasks like shopping or transporting objects you should note that the Mazda 2 is fully capable of lowering its back two seats to give you more room for those big trips.
The Mazda 2 doesn’t need to be fancy or flashy, what it needs to be is comfortable, useful and affordable. Mazda’s design philosophy has always been honest, reliable and enjoyable to drive, own and use. The Mazda 2 wholeheartedly captures these qualities, and really is a brilliant car.
What To Do Now
If you are in the market for a better daily driver that’s focused on what really counts, and making you stoked every time you jump, then you’ve just found it. At Melville Mazda, we’ve got all the latest models of Mazda 2 and more in stock - but a word of warning.
If you’re even a little bit excited, intrigued or interested in the new Mazda 2 and think it might be the one you’re looking for… a test drive could be dangerous, because you might just fall in love with one of the greatest cars to hit the roads in recent times!
Give us a call today, and book a test drive that’ll make you smile.