Driven: 2020 Mazda2
Mazda is a Japanese auto brand that always finds themselves falling short of their local competitors, Honda, and Toyota. Now why, is a question that boils down to cars that they have pushed out over the recent years, hell it was only until the new CX-5, that people started to give Mazda the attention they deserve.
Mazda has now also shifted their focus to the hatchback market, and in doing so they have upgraded and modernized the Mazda2. Now let’s be honest with each other right now, when we think of a hatchback, you will most likely find yourself thinking of the VW Polo or Ford Fiesta. It is very rare that the Mazda2 will come out of someone’s mouth. We recently got to spend some time with the new Mazda2 and trust me when I say, once you get a full experience of this little hatchback, you will most likely find yourself spreading a good word about it.
My first impression of Mazda2 is that it looks good. It keeps a cool sporty hatchback style and is certainly quite a looker. The Mazda2 is available in a five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan. I prefer the hatchback and that’s because I think it certainly can compete with its competitors. The exterior of the Mazda is a new revised grille and LED headlamps, which certainly makes the appearance look a lot fresher. At the rear, you will notice that the taillamps have received an update. Judging from the outside it was easy to tell that Mazda certainly kept the younger market in mind when they decided to give the Mazda2 this fresh facelift. The Mazda2 does come in 8 different colour choices, with Eternal Blue Mica being my favourite. Like many hatchbacks, the Mazda2 will ride on its standard 16-inch alloy wheels.
When it comes to engine capacity, we can always rely on Mazda to make a fuel-efficient vehicle. The Mazda2 will come with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 85kW of power, depending of course on the model you choose. On the road, however, the Mazda2 offers a good drive and is very fuel-efficient. Our test unit came with a six-speed manual gearbox, which in my opinion, really gives you a full experience of driving a hatchback.
So, to those who have noticed, the Mazda2 will carry a bigger price tag than the previous, and justifiably so. It's not because it is the latest model from the Mazda2 but because it comes with an upgraded interior too. On the inside, we have a full colour touchscreen that displays Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system. Users have access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, radio, AUX, Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls and audio streaming as well as USB inputs. Another key factor in the price tag increases is the City-speed autonomous emergency braking. This comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. Some basic modern features that the new Mazda2 has are keyless entry, push-button start, and a multifunctional leather steering wheel that operates your phone, cruise control, and the sound system.
Mazda2 1.5L Active 6MT 5-Dr R275,100
Mazda2 1.5L Dynamic 6MT 5-Dr R300,500
Mazda2 1.5L Dynamic 6AT 5-Dr R317,600
Mazda2 1.5L Individual 6MT 5-Dr R326,500
Mazda2 1.5L Individual 6AT 5-Dr R343,500
Mazda2 1.5L Hazumi 6AT 5-Dr R368,900