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Car reviews - Ford - Laser - SR2 5-dr hatch

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Ford's version of the Mazda Astina SP20 was the Laser SR2

Ford logo20 Jul 2001

THE SR2 Laser doesn't return Ford to days of the TX3 Turbo 4WD but its renewed focus on the small five-door carves a good dose of character from the Mazda clone. Performance from the 2.0-litre engine is excellent and handling better than ever, though in the all-important appearance and interior fit-out stakes - as enticing as the new look is - the SR2 lacks exclusivity. It dampens what is otherwise an excellent package with anti-lock brakes and all the electric goodies thrown in.
Model release date: 1 April 2001 to 1 August 2002

Previous model

Ford Laser KJ/KJII/KJIII

Released: October 1994
Ended: March 1999
Family Tree: Laser

The front-drive, Mazda 323-based Laser once ruled the small car class, but the move to full importation shifted Ford's focus away from the car as a volume seller. Three and five-door hatches, plus a four-door sedan, were offered. Two twin-cam four-cylinder engines were available - a 1.6-litre and a 1.8-litre.

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