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Mazda Mazda2

DY Mazda2

Mazda logo1 Dec 2002

By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS

Bigger, safer and more dynamic than its unloved 121 Metro predecessor, the smallest Mazda was also less expensive at base level too.

Thus the “Mazda2” makes a far more convincing light-car contender, offering improvements in tactile quality, a high-tech 82kW/141Nm 1.5 engine, and – thanks to its coupling up underneath with the Ford Fiesta – much better steering, handling and ride attributes.

It’s also bigger in all directions, particularly inside.

Three models are available - Neo, Maxx and Genki. A minor trim and tail-light facelift arrived in January 2004.

All models have power steering, dual front airbags, a CD player, electric mirrors and – from mid-2003 – power windows.

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