2020 Mazda2 Review | Asian Car Guide
September 21, 2020

2020 Mazda2 Review

2020 mazda2

Mazda continues to go strength to strength with the latest Mazda2. It dishes up more of the magic of its predecessor, only in a slightly bigger body.

Mazda2 was launched in 2002, since then it has improved across performance, value and equipment. Available as both sedan and hatch, priced from $15,570 (Neo) to $25,990 (G15 GT) plus on road cost.

The 2020 Mazda2 carries on with the “KODO Soul of Motion” design language first seen on the larger Mazda 3, 6 and CX-5 models and we must say, it works particularly well on this small car.

Although it is a signature by now, the facelift has revised front and rear bumpers, which are cleaner and simpler than before.

The grille has a mesh finish rather than the plastic beam section, but no changes have been made to the tailgate or tail-light styling.

Measuring 4,065mm x 1,695mm x 1,495mm (LxWxH), the Mazda is 175mm longer, 2mm wider and 20mm taller than its predecessor.

Despite growing in all dimensions, the car retains its cute diminutive shape. So while some cars in this segment have grown so much that they are almost infringing on the class above, the baby Mazda2 has kept to its small car roots.

There is an obvious quality look and feel as soon as you open the door of the Mazda2 when you are presented with a deeply-sculpted sporty instrument cluster that features a centralized tachometer, flanked by a pair of bulls-eye air-con vents.

Simplicity is the keyword for the design of this cabin.

But more significantly, it is the attention to detail that really counts towards the positive impression; things like a tastefully finished dashboard, minimal but concise controls, as well as revised driving position offering a better field of vision than the previous model.

The steering wheel column now also offers rake and reach adjustment as compared to its predecessor, allowing the driver to feel better embraced by the driver-focused cockpit-style layout and well-held by the more supportive and comfortable seats.

The facelifted car has grown in size with a wheelbase 80mm longer than the previous model; there is actually a tad less room inside for passengers.

Still, four Asian adults should be able to fit in snugly.

MZD Connect is inherited from the Mazda3, featuring a 7.0-inch touchscreen. The boot remains the same as the outgoing model at 250 litres, which should be sufficient for a small family going on a short weekend road trip.

For more space, the rear seats offer a 60:40 split.

Mazda has replaced the ageing four-speed automatic gearbox with a six-speed automatic transmission that provides smoother gear changes, the sweet combination accelerating the car off the line steadily to 100km/h, even with a full load of four, and taking just 10 seconds to accomplish that.

The 1.5-litre engine non-turbo four-cylinder engine producing 82kW of power and 144Nm of torque is perky as it progresses through the rev range, achieving peak power with higher revs of around 6,000rpm.

It is better refined and much quieter than the previous model.

While the ride in its predecessor was firm and jittery, riding in the new Mazda2 feels significantly more comfortable and composed, and does a much better job ironing out and settling quickly over bumps and ruts.

The little rigidity in the chassis tuning gives a good degree of body control and gives the Mazda2 a secure and sporty on-road feel.

At the same time, the well-weighted and sharp steering allows you to string a series of corners together smoothly. As we have come to expect from most modern Mazda, the car’s handling has a sparkle to it that few rivals can match.

Hit the Drive Selection switch for a more engaging experience.

Apart from its head-turning new looks, the all new Mazda2 is a good deal more sophisticated and refined than the outgoing model with a visible lift in interior style and quality – so much so that it feels as though it belongs to the mid-sized segment.

The facelifted Mazda2 is an effortless car to drive with its much improved on-road dynamics.

It has a five-year/unlimited-km warranty and five year’s roadside assistance.

Mazda’s capped-price servicing is set at 12-month or 10,000km intervals alternating between $300 and $330 for each service.

Mazda charges extra for brake fluid ($68) and cabin filter replacement ($89) every two years or 40,000km.

The Mazda2 maintains its five-star occupant safety rating from ANCAP.

How much? 2020 Mazda2 G15 Pure hatch

  • Price: $20,990 (manual) /$22.990 (auto) (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder Front Wheel Drive
  • Power: 82kW at 6,000rpm
  • Torque: 144Nm at 4,000rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 5.2L/100km (Combined)
  • Fuel tank: 44 litres
  • Kerb Weight: 1,070kg
  • CO2: 123 g/km