By on 2023-09-24 -
Mazda2 Homura Aka
I HAVE said this before when writing about the Mazda2, but it doesn't hurt to repeat it.
I have had a soft spot for the little car since the launch of an earlier model way back in the early noughties in Spain.
Myself and a colleague managed to get lost in the mountains near Barcelona when we ended up on a dirt track.
The locals repairing the road, leaning on their shovels, seemed amused, but we finally got back on track and it performed like an off-roader on some rough mountain tracks.
It was, and still is, is a good-looking, well built, small car with tax efficient engines. Not necessarily the cheapest, but comes with an impressive array of standard equipment and Mazda's rock-solid reputation for reliability.
The Mazda2 Homura Aka indeed appears to be a stylish and well-designed supermini. Its resemblance to the Mazda3 in terms of curvaceous and sculpted styling is a testament to Mazda's commitment to design consistency across its line-up.
All are well equipped and trim grades are Centre-Line, Homura, Exclusive-Line and the range-topping Homura Aka driven, with prices starting at £17,750. They also feature the latest Skyactiv-Technologies and safety features.
The attention to detail in the interior design, with black cloth seats, contrasting red accents, and a soft-touch dash panel with red stitching, contributes to a more premium feel for the car. The Mazda Connect system and smartphone connectivity enhance the overall user experience.
The 115ps petrol engine's performance seems quite impressive for a supermini, with a good balance between power and economy. It accelerates to 60mph in just under 10 seconds, plenty for most circumstances. The addition of a mild-hybrid system is a smart move to improve fuel efficiency.
Decent handling and responsive steering are crucial for a fun driving experience, and the Mazda2 provides this. However, the car can feel unsettled on lesser roads, so there is room for improvement in ride comfort.
The Mazda2 offers practicality with its five-door configuration and decent if not class-leading boot space of 255 litres with the rear seats in place. Fold them flat and the space opens up to 950 litres, ample for ferrying those larger loads around.
The Mazda2 offers a claimed 48mpg and low CO2 emissions which help to keep running costs in check as well as a low insurance premium.
Overall, the Mazda2 offers a lot of value for money. Its combination of style, performance, practicality, and features makes it an attractive choice in the supermini segment.
The Mazda2 is an impressive supermini with a powerful yet fuel-efficient petrol engine. It provides decent handling and responsive steering, although ride comfort could be improved.
The car offers practicality with its five-door configuration and ample boot space.With its claimed 48mpg and low running costs, it is considered a good value for money option in the supermini segment.
It is a well-rounded car in many aspects, making it a compelling option for those in the market for a supermini.
£22,720 115ps, 1,496cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving all front wheels via 5-speed gearbox 124mph 9.1 seconds 47.8 16 105g/km 3yrs/60,000 miles 4.5
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