The all-new 2015 Mazda2 hatch is now on sale in Australia, arriving this week after its global unveiling back in July.
Kicking off from $14,990 plus on-roads, the new 2 starts $800 lower than its predecessor while offering a number of new features, including Mazda’s i-ActiveSense safety tech, a head-up display, MZD Connect infotainment and more.
(This week has also brought confirmation that the Mazda2 will soon welcome a long-rumoured platform mate in the form of the upcoming CX-3 SUV.)
There’s an all-new platform beneath the 2015 Mazda2, utilising the latest advancements in Mazda’s lightweight ‘SkyActiv’ construction methods and materials.
The new Mazda2 rides on an 80mm longer wheelbase, now measuring 2570mm, and overall length has grown by 160mm to 4060mm.
Height has grown 25mm to 1050mm, but width remains unchanged at 1695mm.
How do these new dimensions translate into interior space? Check out Mike’s earlier Japan drive review to find out.
Depending on the trim grade, the new Mazda2 hatch is powered by one of two 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engines.
In entry models, the ‘standard-spec’ VP-5 engine tune offers 79kW and 139Nm of torque - up 3kW and 4Nm over its predecessor - while the ‘high-spec’ FP-5 tune bumps outputs to 81kW and 141Nm.
Both versions of the 1.5 engine are designed with high compression ratios, at 12.0:1 for the standard-spec and 13.0:1 for the high-spec. The latter also features i-Stop stop/start technology and a 4-2-1 exhaust system.
Both are available with six-speed manual and auto transmissions, again depending on the trim grade selected.
Fuel consumption with the high-spec engine is listed at 5.2 l/100km for the manual and 4.9 l/100km for the auto, while the standard-spec lists higher figures of 5.4 and 5.5 l/100km respectively.
Like most in the segment, the new 2 gets MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam set-up at the rear.
Mazda says it has also dramatically improved NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) with the new 2, promising reduced road, wind and engine noise in the cabin.
The carmaker attributes these improvements to refinements to the engine and transmission, a more rigid construction, increased insulation and a more aerodynamic design.
The range opens with the 79kW/139Nm Neo, priced from $14,990 for the six-speed manual and $16,990 for the six-speed auto.
Standard features include 15-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights, push-button start, cloth interior trim, gloss-black highlights, power windows, air-conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, height adjustable driver’s seat and a tilt/reach adjustable steering wheel.
There’s also a trip computer, Bluetooth/USB/iPod/aux phone and media connectivity, and steer-mounted controls.
Safety features include six airbags (driver and front passenger, front sides, curtain front and rear), anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control, emergency stop signal and hill-launch assist. Smart City Brake Support is also available as an option.
Moving up to the 81kW/141Nm Maxx ($16,990 manual / $18,990 auto) adds 15-inch alloy wheels, black and blue combination cloth seat trim, more gloss-black highlights, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped finish to the steering wheel, gear shift knob and handbrake handle.
The top-shelf 81kW/141Nm Genki ($19,990 manual / $21,990 auto) adds 16-inch alloys, chrome exhaust extension, auto headlights and wipers, front fog lamps, 7.0 inch centre display with MZD Connect and satellite navigation, and the Active Driving Display head-up display.
There’s also climate control, soft-touch interior panels, six speakers, internet radio integration (Pandora, Stitcher, Aha), multi-function Commander control, and Radio Data System program information.
Rear cargo space measures 1000mm wide and 665 long, with a volume capacity of 220 litres (seats up and tonneau cover closed, measured to VDA standard). Seats-down figures are still to come.
Options include $599 front and $399 rear parking sensors, and the Neo and Maxx models can get a $778 mirror-embedded reversing display, while the Genki can be had with a $420 reversing display in the dash screen.
The new 2, like its stablemates, is covered by Mazda's three-year / unlimited-kilometre warranty and the new lifetime capped-price servicing program, Service Select.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Mazda2 Neo - 1.5 petrol 6MT - $14,990 ($16,990 drive-away)
- Mazda2 Neo - 1.5L petrol 6AT - $16,990 ($18,990)
- Mazda2 Maxx - 1.5L petrol 6MT - $16,990 ($18,990)
- Mazda2 Maxx - 1.5L petrol 6AT - $18,990 ($20,990)
- Mazda2 Genki - 1.5L petrol 6MT - $19,990 ($21,990)
- Mazda2 Genki - 1.5L petrol 6AT - $21,990 ($23,990)