2017 Mazda2 Sedan GT

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The Mazda2 Sedan is probably the best crowd-pleasing supermini you can buy today. It is smartly designed, surprisingly spacious despite its compactness and most importantly, drives exceedingly well.

MAZDA2 GT SEDAN


As to build quality, this Thai-made model passes with flying colours. Put it next to its Japan-made/built siblings and you will be hard put to spot any discrepancy.

The sedan measures 4,320mm x 1,695mm x 1,470mm, making it slightly smaller than the Toyota Yaris. But it does not look it on the road, partly because the design makes it appear bigger than it is. The Mazda2 Sedan has all the right proportions, encompassing the company’s “KODO” styling philosophy.

The sedan has a 440-litre boot, courtesy of a 260mm longer rear than the hatch (this is extendable by tilting the rear seats forward), and however both cars share the same platform and the same substantial wheelbase of 2,570mm.

The Mazda2 Sedan and hatch also share the signature long nose, strong grille shape, sleek sheet metal and sporty 15-inch wheels (but 16-inch with Genki option for hatch). The wind-swept silhouette is very sporty and good looking. The way the roof slopes all the way back to meet the boot lid makes it look almost like a sleek fastback.

There are four specification variants available for the Mazda 2 - Neo, Maxx, Genki and GT, providing increasing levels of features. Maxx and above have slightly higher compression, more powerful and fuel efficient motor, and more efficient 4 into 2 into 1 exhaust versus 4 into 1 for Neo. The Genki spec is only for hatches, but the top spec GT is for sedans also. There are also colour pack and S pack options, giving colour and trim material choices.

GT's notably include – engine stop/start on idle, LED daytime running and head lamps, SatNav, exhaust extension, fog lamps, auto lights-on, rain sensing wipers, active driving display, 16 inch alloy wheels, climate control aircon, blind spot and rear traffic alerts, auto-folding mirrors. There is no difference in cabin styling between Sedan and Hatch. Along with the centrally-mounted Mazda Connect integrated navigation and infotainment system, the dashboard is tastefully finished and seats are comfortable and nicely shaped.

On the road, the Mazda2 is zippy and breezy, with a responsiveness that makes you feel there could be a turbo lurking under the bonnet. Helping with this could be the low 1047kg kerb mass of the car.

It delivers flawless take-offs and brilliant mid-flight acceleration. Whether driven leisurely or enthusiastically, the Mazda2 is engaging and fun. Its engine piles on the revs smoothly, without complaining and almost relentlessly. For a 1.5-litre normally aspirated 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC (SKYACTIV-G) unit that produces 81kW of power and 141Nm of torque (Maxx, Genki, GT), it deserves nothing but praise.

In fact, the Sedan feels livelier and silkier than the hatchback. When it extended also has a finer handling balance. This I think could be because of its boot, which gives it a better weight distribution. According to Mazda, the sedan clocks a 9.9 seconds century sprint.

The Sedan takes corners and curves like a properly sorted German sedan, with meaty and communicative steering adding to the feel-good factor. It is efficient too, at 5.2litres/100km (manual) or 4.9litres/100km (auto).

As a passenger carrier, the Sedan is adequately roomy, pampering occupants with a cushy yet supportive ride and plenty of features: 7-inch full colour screen display (MZD Connect), 6 speakers’ audio system, steering-mounted controls, automatic air-conditioning, reverse camera, drive mode selection, hands-free phone and audio capability.

Mazda offers a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and servicing intervals are suggested at 12 months or 10,000km. A fixed price service program will cost $600 for the first five scheduled services, while Mazda also offers a standard $68.10 per year or premium $83.50 per year roadside assistance package on top.
  • Engine: 1,496cc 1.5-litre four-cylinder DOHC petrol FWD
  • Power: 81kW at 6,000rpm
  • Torque: 141Nm at 4,000rpm
  • Kerb Weight: around 1,050kg
  • Steering: electric power assisted
  • Turning: 9.4 metres
  • Fuel Tank: 44 litres
  • Price: from $23,880
  • Warranty: 3 years /10,000km