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If you’ve recently been looking at the Mazda 2 sedan and hatch, you may have noticed an interesting new development. Mazda has now released a GT variant for their 2 range, and at first glance, this may seem strange. As a smaller car it’s hard to imagine the 2 as a Grand Tourer, so what is the purpose of this model? Let’s delve a little deeper and find out in this review.
At a Glance
Although this Mazda 2 GT is not a grand tourer, this badge does illustrate that this variant is the most premium version of this popular city car. There is plenty of technology on board, and the feature set is excellent for the segment. The interior is smart and bang up to date, and the 2 GT automatic is a fun and agile drive. Metallic paint is available as standard, and there is a five year warranty for good measure. On the negative side, the rear seat leg room is a little on the snug side for an adult, and the steering has an on centre feel.
How Does it Compare to the Genki?
The Mazda 2 GT is available as a six speed manual or automatic. It’s slightly more expensive than the Mazda 2 Genki, and a quick perusal of the specifications will reveal that they are not too different. So, bearing in mind that there is no extra equipment, how does the 2 GT earn it’s higher price tag and GT moniker? Well, the mission statement for the Mazda 2 GT seems to be focused on creating a more premium look and feel.
The Design Differences
There are a number of stylistic changes that give the 2 GT a more premium feel compared to the Genki. The usual black cloth interior has been replaced with a two tone white leather and black seats in the hatch and black leather and suede in the sedan. Of course, the Genki is only available as a hatch, so the sedan is also a major difference. There is white soft touch material replete with matching stitching on the passenger side dash, front door armrests and over the centre console side panels. The already stylish circular vents are now surrounded by a red ring.
There are some other nice touches, such as a leather covered gear lever, steering wheel, and handbrake lever. All of these touches elevate the interior of the Mazda 2 GT into the realm of a CX-5 or a Mazda 6, which is a nice place to be. The most surprising addition is probably the inclusion of metallic paint as standard. This is a very rare feature in any segment, and only the Soul Red colour commands a small additional premium.
All of the features found on the Genki are present on the Mazda 2 GT. The engine produces 81kW of power that equates to a combined fuel economy of 4.9L/100km combined. If they are looking to buy a Mazda 2, Perth based drivers should contact Melville Mazda and join us for a no obligation test drive today.