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Mazda Mazda2 1.4 D TS2
Driven October 2008
Simple is good. Especially where superminis are concerned - no fuss is
required, thanks. A point in case is the Mazda2. Jump into one, and everything
becomes clear, instantly. For example, you don't need to go scrabbling around
for the iPod socket, it's under a little flap by the gearlever, one of many
beautifully simple points.
basics are done properly, that's the secret, and it applies to the engines too.
Petrols have been the staple power of small cars for years, but more and more
are now benefitting from diesels. The little Mazda2 has finally joined this
group. With figures of 65.7mpg and
114g/km, I'm struggling to see why the Japanese took so long to get it
It's not all
good news, though. Noise levels are high, so you can begin to understand the
hesitance. Refinement isn't great. Once it's warm, the Mazda isn't too bad
because it settles down, but at cold and under acceleration there's more rumble
than I've come to expect of modern diesels.
Still, on most
levels, this a seriously good car. The power figures aren't hugely impressive,
but because the 2 is so light, it never feels slow. The extra weight of the
diesel engine hasn't made the ride any harsher, either. All of which goes to
show that you don't need to employ 300 marketing people to make a decent
supermini. Just build the basics.