The runaway Mazda2 has been on offer for the seventh year in a row, yet it can be called old-fashioned in a positive sense at most. As a classic city small car, it boasts really small dimensions, which doesn’t mean two adults and two kids can’t fit comfortably in a cabin with a luggage that is average in the category. While the interior design and material quality can also be described as average, the ergonomics are distinctly striking, and the new front seats included during the upgrade keep the body in good shape, and the Takumi upholstery literally brings a little color to the interior. What Mazda is clearly above average in, like its bigger siblings, is a percussive design. Its harmonious lines make it attractive to both female and male eyes, but the Japanese have always made sure that their cars don’t sell well just because of the looks.
Today, the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine is one category higher, but they still stand by it in the name of Skyactiv technology. The novelty of the upgrade is a generator connected to the engine by a V-belt, which, in addition to starting the engine as unobtrusively as possible, collects the energy generated during rolling and braking in a condenser and is able to relieve the load on the petrol engine. This soft hybrid system is indicative, not even marked on the body, and its presence is not noticeable while driving. More importantly, it is the force from the relatively large stroke volume that allows us to drive at low revs. The transmission also means a powertrain tuned for economical operation, 6th gear is really only needed on the motorway, even at a speed of 130 km / h the crankshaft only works at 2000 rpm. In most cases it can be loaded at 1500 revolutions, at 2000 it requires switching on, although on inclines it is usually necessary to switch back on. Of the engines that also exist in Europe in the 75- and 90-horsepower versions, only the latter can be selected at home, but there is nothing good about torque. To move dynamically, you need to spin in the absence of a turbocharger, but it’s not worth forcing. This is when the engine also becomes audible, although its growling, roaring organ is not unpleasant, it is simply a feeling on it that it is meant to be saved. During the test program, we measured an average consumption of 5.9 liters, not much more than the factory value given by WLTP. For this reason, however, they gave up sportiness, even though it has a tight-tuned chassis, direct steering, a massively shiftable transmission, and even a well-dosed brake. Its readiness is evident in its price, but compared to its opponents, it is a fair offer.
I LIKED IT
• sophisticated design
• technical background
I DID NOT LIKE
• average internal material quality
One of the last representatives of the classic small cars is the end-of-career series of the Mazda2. In addition to its design, its technical knowledge and comfort level also stand out from the average. Despite its age, fans of the genre will not be disappointed, as it lacks nothing that today’s owner needs, at most a little extra torque…
Mazda2 Skyactiv G90
Total stroke volume: 1496 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S4 / 16
Max. Power: 66 kW (90 hp) 6000 / min
Max. Torque: 148 Nm 4000 / min
Hossz./szél./mag.: 4065/1695/1495 mm
Wheelbase: 2570 mm
Track front / rear: 1495/1485 mm
Turning circle: 10.1 m
Net weight / load capacity: 1100/436 kg
Luggage space: 280-950 l
Fuel tank: 44 l
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 9.8 s
Maximum speed: 183 km / h
Average consumption (WLTP): 5.3 l / 100 km
Test consumption: 5.9 l / 100 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 120 g / km
The base price of the model: HUF 5,800,900
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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