New member of Mazda2 family

2017-11-08 06:00
The new Mazda2.PHOTO: pravin premduth

The new Mazda2.PHOTO: pravin premduth

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THE Mazda2 Individual Plus 1.5L Auto is a new edition to the Mazda family and with its enhancements, this is my favourite in the line-up by far.

From comfort to economy, this car ticks all the boxes that I look for in a car. In my job, I travel basically all over the province and I opt for nippy cars that are easy to drive and more especially to park.

I am forced to find parking in some really difficult spaces especially in the CBD of both Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

I drove Mazda’s 2015 Hazumi model and while I loved the feel of the drive, I have not converted to diesel yet – it’s a personal preference.

The new offering includes Mazda’s famous head-up display, lane departure warning system, auto-fold mirrors and more.

Most of the cars I have driven are in the 1.4 to 1.5L family as it is my type of car – this one is definitely one of my favourites.

When you first look at the Mazda2, you wouldn’t think it is a 1.5L because it is not necessarily a ‘little’ car. There is ample room in the back and the boot space is sufficient for a car this size.

In terms of performance, this 1.5L packs a punch. I got to drive this car through one those horrible wind storms KZN has become synonymous with.

On my way to the South Coast (near Umkomaas) I was enjoying the luxury drive of the car and I was surpassing the 120km mark (a little bit) when I could see the cars in front of me swerving a bit. The strong winds had most people in little cars driving in the emergency lane. However, I dropped the speed of the Mazda2 to about 80km, and slower at times, and the car was completely stable on the road. I continued on my journey and arrived safely in Port Shepstone. The lane assist beeped quite often when the car “thought” I was veering off the road, and this helped me slow down and take control.

The safety features which Mazda has introduced are worth a mention once again. The Head-up display is definitely a plus, you get to monitor your speed while never taking your eyes off the road. For someone who is not used to driving in adverse conditions, these are features I look for in a car.

The economy was also impressive as on the long distance from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, the economy was at times 6.5l/100km.

For the week, with city driving and stop-and-go in some parts of Durban, the total economy was 7l/100km.

For me, this car deserves more than a test drive as I am now shopping around dealerships for a
Mazda2

The Mazda2 Individual Plus 1.5L Auto is available at R286 200.

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