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Mazda models, news & reviews
By Adam Towler
05 June 2008 12:49
The Mazda 2 was a breath of fresh air when it launched in 2007. Its clever design and careful reduction in mass pointed to a lighter, hence cleaner, and also more entertaining future for the segment. Now that Mazda has launched a three-door ‘2’, does the good news continue?
Yes, by 10kg on this 1.3 litre TS2 model, taking the kerbweight down to a very commendable 950kg. Think about that: that figure is for a car with a five-star NCAP rating (albeit it’s only the five-door model that’s been tested so far), six airbags, air conditioning, plus a respectable little stereo with MP3 compatibility and an aux socket as standard. There are superminis that weigh easily 200kg more than that. Bravo Mazda.
Correct again: the three-door is more rakish in profile, with a steeply rising beltline and narrow rear side glass. Very zoom-zoom. Naturally the doors are now longer, providing access to an intimate feeling, but far from cramped cabin; that’s one of the real surprises with this car. There is in fact plenty of room, even on the rear bench and in the reasonable boot.
The only negative is the perceived quality of some of the plastics - it’s all a bit too shiny and brittle to the touch, unlike a Corsa. Nevertheless, if like me, you’re over six foot in height, you’ll really appreciate how you sit down ‘in’ the car, rather than ‘on’ it: it’s a fine, sporty driving position, despite the lack of reach adjustment on the ‘wheel.
Talking of the ‘wheel, the TS2 kit on this car includes a leather ‘wheel and stubby, high-mounted gearlever that look as if they’ve been nicked off an MX-5. That’s an encouraging sign…
Click 'Next' below to read our driving impressions of the Mazda 2 three-door
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Mazda 2 1.3 TS2 3dr (2008) CAR review
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RE: Mazda 2 1.3 TS2 3dr CAR review
Those looks & the light weight could make for a brilliant trad hot hatch, my 172 Cup is due for renewal........
10 June 2008 21:57
The TV advert is a bit of a horror - crap imagery gets the better of actually telling the customer that it's really quite a good car. Shame.
09 June 2008 17:29
Not at all sure that's true in North America kitko...F- series? Explorer? Expedition? Escape? Mustang? Excursion? The lion's share is peanut butter and jelly on white bread Ford. Yes Mazda carries them on small cars. Although the nasty first U.S. market Focus was from Ford Europe. Mazda wouldn't have let that car happen. You may be overestimating the population of four-cylinder Fords in America.
09 June 2008 04:30
revcounter , let me correct you.... It's more Fords that are made of Mazda's bin.
All Ford 4-cylinder engines with a Duratec badge were developed solely by Mazda - they are Mazda's MZR engines. Applauded Focus platform was jointly developed by Mazda, Ford and Volvo and given the fact that previous Ford models were rubish when it came to handling and quality, it's rather obvious that Focus owes it's drivebility to Mazda and Volvo.
US Ford Fusion is based on Mazda 6, Cougar is Mazda MX-6....
Ford new exactly what they were doing when they got 34 percent of shares in Mazda.
09 June 2008 03:40
Isn't it sweet?
08 June 2008 16:22
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