With emissions of just 112g/km of CO2, meaning £35 road tax. At the same time it can reach 62mph in 11.4 seconds.This means there is now a choice of a 1.4 68ps or a 1.6 90ps diesel engine, which come with TS2 and Sport equipment levels, and with three-door and five-door hatchback body styles.Even in the official urban cycle the 1.6D Sport achieves 55.4mpg.
“Demand for Mazda2 has remained strong this year, despite the current economic gloom. The popularity of the lightweight, streamlined, fun-to-drive Mazda2 was boosted by the arrival of the three-door model last year and is now given an added stimulus by the arrival of the incredibly fuel “efficient new diesel Sport models,” enthuses Mark Cameron, Sales & Marketing Director, Mazda UK.“All our award-winning Mazda2 models received significant design and specification upgrades earlier this year, so that every model out-performs potential rivals in terms of standard equipment and price – as well as ride, handling, economy and emissions.
The three-door model with its keen pricing, £500 lower model-for-model, and the latest 90ps diesel models will take the Zoom-Zoom appeal of Mazda2 to an even wider audience. It is the naturally sporty choice for supermini car buyers,” added Cameron.
For drivers in search of even greater fuel economy, the Mazda2 1.4D TS2 achieves 68.9mpg (combined cycle), matches the 1.6D Sport around town (55.4mpg) and reaches 62mph from standstill in 15.5 seconds. This model’s CO2 rating is 107g/km which qualifies it for a Band B road fund licence.After making its debut in September 2007, Mazda2 went on to win the ‘2008 World Car of the Year’ crown, beating off 38 other new cars, including the short-listed Ford Mondeo and Mercedes C-Class. Previous winners of this prestigious award, which is voted for by a panel of 47 independent automotive journalists from all around the world, were all from luxury brands – the Audi A6, BMW 3-Series and Lexus LS460.
The Mazda2 5dr achieved a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating and the 3dr model benefits from the same level of safety design, engineering and equipment – its structure redesigned to provide extra resistance to side impacts while accommodating 220mm longer front doors. Mazda2 breaks the industry trend for increasing weight and size with each successive replacement model. It was 100kg lighter than the previous model, thanks to Mazda’s ‘gram strategy’ diet, and the use of lightweight ultra-high tensile steels and new technology – leading to excellent fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions.
The Mazda2 1.4D TS2 (from £11,153) features include: 15-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, air-conditioning, remote central locking with deadlocks, electric front windows, driver seat height adjust, CD radio with auxiliary (AUX) input jack and four speakers, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, body coloured electric folding door mirrors, 60/40 split rear seats and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm plus immobiliser.The new Mazda2 1.6D Sport (from £12,817) gains new projector type sports style headlamps and inside it has dark cloth door trim inserts and black-out instruments to enhance its sporty appeal. Standard equipment (above the TS2) includes: 16-inch alloy wheels, Sports Styling Kit, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, front fog lights, dusk sensing auto-lights and rain sensing auto-wipers, electric rear windows (5dr only), ’trip computer, speed alarm, two additional audio speakers (total six) and climate control air-conditioning.
Customers can choose between nine exterior colours – two solids (Brilliant Black and True Red), three mica colours (new Passion Orange, Aurora Blue and Metropolitan Grey) and three metallic finishes (Icy Blue, Spirited Green and Sunlight Silver) as well as a sporty pearlescent colour (Crystal White Pearlescent). Inside, both body styles are finished in two interior colours – Black (TS2) or Black Sports (Sport) upholstery.
Petrol-powered models start at just £8,899 and Mazda dealers are currently offering several finance packages for Mazda2 buyers.