2016 Mazda2

Japanese in spirit and European in rivalry

"Loads of features to challenge its contenders" said Issam

"New looks put it in line with the rest of Mazda's lineup"

"A lot of it's similar to the Mazda 3"

The success that the Mazda2 had worldwide was surely a buzz! With more than 2.4 million units sold worldwide, the Mazda2 is the bestselling vehicle in Japan. First introduced in 1996, a second generation followed in 2002 with the third generation model being released in 2007. So no wonder the revisions are so minors for such a car. Since 2007, the Mazda2 has been the talk of the town in Beirut. Who didn't own a Mazda at that time? It was surely the Mazda2 in people 'shortlist.

Will this achievement story continue?

Nowadays, the rivals have revised their models. The prices were revised too. And we don't want to forget - either we like it or not, but Korean manufacturers are eating the whole apple pie! If we want to speak from the heart, the Mazda2 will knock horns with the likes of the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Yaris and Hyundai's i20.

Exterior
Just one glance at the all new Mazda2 and it's clear that this is no ordinary car. Eye-catching style and stunning looks are inspired by the award-winning KODO – Soul of Motion design. The flowing lines of its lean, muscular body suggests an inner strength and pent-up energy just waiting to be released. Full of personality and an infectious zest for life, the all new Mazda2 is sure to turn heads and win hearts.

Infotainment System: MZD Connect
The Mazda Connect infotainment system is safe and easy fingertip access to all music, social media and text messages via a compatible mobile phone device. Controlled using the large 7" color touchscreen display and the intuitive Multimedia Commander, both are designed to ensure the MZD Connect system is controlled with minimal effort, so you can concentrate on the road ahead.

Driving Impressions
The Mazda2 engine combines responsive, agile and fun driving dynamics with uncompromising fuel economy and safety performance. Engine and transmission have been optimized for this compact car and developed a lighter, stronger body and chassis. We really enjoyed outstanding ride quality, smooth responsiveness and advanced levels of safety.

During our test I found out that the Mazda2 has better driving dynamics. It comes with higher trailing arm mounts for the torsion-bar rear-end improve ride comfort and low to medium speed stability. Furthermore, caster angle has been laid back 1.7 degrees to improve straight-line stability. Mazda claims that, in combination with the longer wheelbase, reduces pitching under braking and flattens out the car in corners. We found nevertheless, that the 2 still delivered as much body roll as its predecessor.

Verdict
After a long weekend onboard of the 2016 Mazda2, I can honestly admit that Mazda has put a lot of strength into thrilling the 2's dynamics, design and superiority levels to carry it in line with European's class-leaders. With a totally fresh, fashionable look, new engine, sporty handling and improved trim levels, Mazda has placed it in the same arena as its opposition. You can pass by ANBoukhater dealership in Lebanon to check out the car.

Rivals: Renault Clio, Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza, Opel Corsa, Honda Jazz, Fiat 500, Audi A1, Toyota Yaris, Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20, Ford Fiesta
Pros: refined exterior design, quiet engine, smooth and softer ride, great driving position, quality and high-tech interior
Cons: tight rear legroom, tiny rear trunk
1.5 L SkyActiv-G, 4-cylinders, 104 hp @ 6000 rpm, 139 Nm @ 4000 rpm
6 speed automatic, FWD
Fuel consumption: 5-6 L / 100 km, top speed: 200 kph, 0-100 kph: 8.7 seconds 
Weight: 975 kg

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