The Mazda 2 was originally introduced to SA late in 2007 and went on and won the World Car of the year title back in 2008.
Since its launch the Mazda 2 remained unchanged up to 2015 when the new model was introduced. When comparing the two models with one another you would find that the styling is pretty much the same, but the biggest change was to the interior and driving dynamics.
The 1.5litre 4-cylinder petrol motor is a gem, it’s reliable and fuel efficient. The pre 2015 1.5litre delivered a usable 76kW and 137Nm, it does not sound much but keep in mind the body of the Mazda 2 is quite light at a kerb weight of 1036kg. Fuel consumption was quoted on average at 6l/100km. 0-100km/h sprint was around 10.5sec.
The 1.5 liter introduced in 2015 was tweaked and now has Mazda’s SkyActiv technology. Power delivery was upped to 82kW and 145Nm. Fuel consumption was quoted on average at 5.5l/100km, and the 0-100km/h sprint was around 9.6sec. Kerb weight on the new model is slightly heavier at 1050kg
Both the older and the newer models are reliable and is real fun to drive. Although the newer model handles the corners a bit better than the older model you will be pleasantly surprised of its driving dynamics irrespective of the model you choose.
One of the Mazda’s biggest rival is the Honda Jazz. I find the Jazz to be a bit more versatile and the 1.5 i-Vtec motor in the Jazz has a bit more punch, but comes down to how the power is delivered, all and all both are a delight to drive with bullet proof reliability. The Jazz Dynamic 1.5 delivers 88kW and the same torque figure of 145Nm
The Mazda 2 makes for a great student / mommy vehicle and won’t disappoint.
Having said that, the Mazda 2’s are quite pricey and believe it or not, top spec models could cost you over R300k ! Second hand you should be able to get a proper one for around R150k to R250k.
Overall, the Mazda 2 1.5 Individual is a well-packaged product. It may not be the most spacious or punchy offering in its segment, but the Mazda 2 has enough charm and sophistication to warrant your attention. When it comes down to standard features there are not many that can trump the Mazda 2.
The latest model Mazda 2 1.5 Individual is available with a manual or Auto transmission, I would definitely opt for the Auto.
I currently still own a 2008 1.5 individual, I have owned it since new. In the 10 years of ownership I have only had to change suspension control arms, shocks and obviously tyres. Not bad at all !
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