Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The Mazda 2 sedan first went on sale Down Under in May 2010, following the hatch bodystyle to market by almost three years. However as the sedan arrived at the same time as the hatch received a mid life facelift, it gets from launch the brands large smiley grille (which we’re fans of). Whilst the sedan is 25cm longer than the hatch (with all the extra length appearing behind the rear wheels) it still manages to look a little sporty – not something we’d say about most other Supermini segment sedans. The doors close with more of a ‘thud’ like sound rather than a cheap and nasty ‘clang’.
Not so good The sedan’s rising beltline from front to rear = the rear wheels appearing smaller than they are as the standard eight spoke alloys certainly aren’t undersized at 15 inch in diameter.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The dash design is funky and fun & the build quality looks and feels on the money. We like that as standard all 2 sedan’s come with remote central locking, a six disk CD-player with steering wheel controls (and more importantly an auxiliary jack for your iPod) and the driver’s seat has height adjustment. The boot is impressively deep and long and holds a big 450L (in comparison the hatch’s rear cargo capacity is 250L) and the link type boot hinges don’t rob into the boot space. For carrying extra long loads the rear seat ski-port opening should come in handy otherwise the rear seats can split / fold down.
Not so good Not surprising at this relatively low price point that the dash is dominated by hard and shiny plastics, rather than the more premium soft to touch ‘rubbery’ plastics (i.e. evident in the Volkswagen Polo). The boot carpet is overly cheap and whilst we’re impressed with the 450L capacity it doesn’t match the competing Honda City’s 506L boot.
Performance

Performance

Good The Mazda 2 sedan is powered by an impressively enjoyable to drive 1.5L four cylinder petrol engine which produces 76kW of power and 135Nm of torque. Both the five speed Manual and the four speed Automatic transmissions are a good match = we’d happily recommend either.
Not so good Yes, the 2 sedan = economical motoring, however the official combined fuel consumption of 6.4L per 100km (Manual) and 6.8L per 100km (Automatic) are only class average and not a match to a super frugal (but more expensive) turbo diesel offering.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Against competing Supermini sedan’s this is where the 2 sedan truly shines. Great body control combined with a compliant and relatively soft ride and well weighted steering = a fun Supermini to drive.
Not so good Tyre noise at highway speeds and over rougher surfaces is louder than we wished (and not a match against the impressively quiet Volkswagen Polo Supermini hatch). Whilst we praise the overall ride and handling, it can’t quite match the segment best Ford Fiesta (however the Ford Supermini sedan bodystyle is yet to arrive Down Under).
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Ticks the safety box with a 5 star safety crash rating thanks to anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and six airbags (twin front, twin front side and curtain airbags) as standard. Runs on regular unleaded (unlike a couple of Supermini competitors which prefer more expensive premium unleaded fuel).
Not so good The Mazda 2 was previously built in Japan however production has now shifted to Thailand, however we should have this as a positive point as build quality appears as good as before (the Thai plant is reportedly state of the art) and as a result of the free-trade agreement between Thailand and Australia, value for money the 2 is now better than ever.