2008 Mazda 2 - Car Review

by under Review on 10 Dec 2009 01:26:37 PM10 Dec 2009
Price Range
$16,030 - $22,885
Fuel Consumption
6.2L - 6.8L/100km


If in the television world ‘Everybody loves Raymond’, then the automotive world’s equivalent surely must be the Mazda 2. However perhaps unlike Ray Romano, the 2’s popularity is well earned – it’s a divine looking car that drives like a dream and ticks all the boxes for the new car buyer, plus some.


There are three Mazda 2s to choose from and include the Mazda 2 sporty-look Genki, the Mazda 2 mid-level Maxx and the base model Mazda 2 Neo.

The new 2 has ditched its previous ‘boxy’ look along with some serious weight (the new Mazda 2 is 100 kg lighter, no doubt saving money on petrol and CO2 emissions) and in shaving off some serious inches from its body – the results are a slick, sexy, toned body that effortlessly commands attention on the road.

Yet the Mazda 2 isn’t just a pretty face with the inside just as impressive as its superb exterior. This is one amazingly roomy car with a good-sized, deep boot and fold-down seats in the rear (with the passenger seat down, you could easily fit in a surfboard), plus head room to easily accommodate even Ray’s 6' 8.5' brother Robert in both the front and rear.


The trim is a funky and modern (silver and black), there is a huge glove box, a lidded storage tray, easy-to-use cup holders; the Neo comes with a single CD player whilst the Maxx and Genki have 6-disc CD player with steering wheel controls, remote central locking, power steering, power windows and mirrors and air conditioning as standard.

To drive, the Mazda 2 is effortless, light and in a word – joyous. It drives like a dream on the open road (definitely one of the best I’ve encountered in its class for long-distance journeys) and the 2 is 3 x zoom = fun to drive around the city. I loathed to give it back.


Standard safety features in the Mazda 2 include ABS (Advanced Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) along with driver and passenger front airbags and 3-point seat belts with pre-tentioners.

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