Motoring

The Garage – Mazda 2 Genki

We’ve got big wraps on the quality on offer from Mazda, and as a Mazda 2 owner I’ve been looking forward to a spin in the new-generation Mazda 2 for a while now – it didn’t disappoint.

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Make: Mazda

Model: 2

Variant: Genki

Engine / Transmission: 1.5 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC S-VT

Vital Stats: 76kW / 135Nm

Mazda Claimed Fuel Economy: 6.8l / 100km

EFTM Claimed Fuel Economy: 7.2 / 100km

Manufactures List Price, all prices include luxury car tax: $23,990

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Wow Factor: Taking the styling which is now standard across all Mazda’s and putting it into the Mazda 2 is good for the eyes.  It looks great at almost every angle, and is a fine evolution from the previous generation

Most Impressive: Your in-car infotainment system is pretty darn solid for a small hatch, and then when you throw in the SkyActive technology it’s getting better.  The real impressive thing here is quite simple – the Head-Up display.  On a $24,000 car, it just shows this could be and frankly should be on any and all vehicles.

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Least Impressive: The trim is great, but I couldn’t help feeling that the look and feel of the interior in the Maxx variant was a little more premium. Perhaps just because of the stand-out design in it.

Early Verdict: I own a Mazda 2, 2010 model, and I love it.  This new generation really steals the show offering the same snappy little package in a much better look.  It’s a winner and a must see for anyone looking for a small car.

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Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.

He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.

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