Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: 2016 Mazda2 Skyactiv Sedan & Skyactiv Speed Hatchback


“Car of the Year” is an honor not bestowed on just any car. It takes something quite special to elevate a car from being just “good” to being “extraordinary”. See, it’s actually hard to find a bad car nowadays. Sure, there are some cars that are better than others, but for the most part, any modern automobile is better than anything being cranked out five years ago. Such is the playing field the Mazda2 had to overcome to win not just one, but two car of the year trophies—one in Japan and, more importantly, here in the Philippines. The question is: does it deserve the title?

Oh, you bet.

The magic formula starts out with the looks. Though there’s a strong resemblance to other current Mazda vehicles, it’s not simply a case of design cut-and-paste. Given the smaller footprint designers had to work with, they exaggerated the entire KODO theme on the 2 without making it look like a bad caricature. The resulting sub-compact is taut and muscular with well-defined lines and nice proportions. It doesn’t play on the long hood, cab rearward design as seen on larger Mazda vehicles that the hatchback edges the sedan in terms of aesthetics. That’s not to say the sedan’s ugly though. It’s also nice, but the proportions just work better on the five-door. The Speed variant, exclusive on the five-door, adds some look faster parts like front and rear chins, a roof spoiler, and red detailing. It works most of the time with the only offending part being the red detailing which looks too ricer.



The Mazda2’s strong DNA continues inside where it has the same driver-focused interior. Apart from the sharply raked roofline that causes you to hit your head getting in and out some times, there’s little else to complain about. The driving position is naturally ergonomic and perfectly positioned with all the driving controls where you expect them. Mazda engineers, in particular, have made a big fuss about the pedals, placing them naturally towards the body’s central line (unlike other sub-compacts where they’re slightly offset) and this contributes greatly to making the 2 feels like a properly engineered car. It also alleviates fatigue and stress, especially on longer drives.

Fit and finish is still pretty good, but they’re not in the same league as the 6 or even the 3. On the V model tested, the A-pillar trim was already popping out and no amount of pushing would get it back in. It wasn’t contributing to any rattles or squeaks (the interior is pretty solid in that regard), but it was more of a visual annoyance. In addition, though the V models feel well-equipped already, the higher trim R and Speed models feel more special thanks to the unique instrument cluster, heads-up display, Mazda Connect infotainment system, and the off-white leather seats. The last bit is certainly concerning especially those wanting to keep their seats free from dirt, so Mazda might have just answered your prayers with the new Midnight Edition which swaps them for black cow hide.



For those who’re familiar with the new Skyactiv generation of vehicles, they’ll know that interior space isn’t exactly a strong suit and the same adjective applies to the Mazda2 as well. The driver and front passenger won’t know the difference since the front thrones are easily the best in its class, but those in the back will experience knee brushing against the front seatbacks. And the person sitting in the middle won’t exactly find riding on the “bump” to be a comfortable experience. Luggage is quite average whether it’s the hatchback or sedan, and swallowing two suitcases side-by-side is possible; however, there aren’t much storage spaces to speak of. Variants without the Mazda Connect system gain a space for their wallet/toll card/iPhone where the controller usually resides.

While the Mazda2 isn’t exactly the most practical sub-compact out there, it does stand out above the rest with just how fun it is on the road. Now, normally small cars and fun-to-drive aren’t muttered in the same breath, but Mazda does weave its magic beautifully here.



There’s only one powertrain across the entire range and that’s the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine producing 108 horsepower and 139 Nm of torque. The paper figures aren’t really extraordinary, but how it’s tweaked and tuned to match the six-speed automatic that grabs the headlines. Unlike other sub-compacts which tend to fake a sense of power thanks to a sensitive throttle, the Mazda2 features a more linear delivery. This means it’s far easier to drive because it doesn’t surge needlessly when you don’t want it to. Fuel consumption is limited to just 8.62 km/L, but that’s because the average speed didn’t push up beyond 13 km/h.

On the open road, drivers can enjoy extra oomph thanks to a toggle switch located just below the shifter. Labeled, “Sport”, it increases the throttle sensitivity and keeps the revs up. This makes the Mazda2 different from all other sub-compacts in that it makes overtaking entertaining. The engine note may not be memorable, but at least the rev happy nature makes it a great companion to drives up to places like Baguio.



Apart from the powertrain, the chassis tuning is equally stellar. It drives like a bigger car not because it lacks agility or maneuverability (the proportions and driving position easily make it one of the sweetest cars to drive in traffic), but in that it doesn’t compromise long distance comfort or high speed stability. The steering, for instance, gives a predictable motion that removes the need to seesaw the wheel especially during hard cornering. There may be some degree of understeer, but nothing that’ll cause drivers to complain. Next, the suspension is firm, but is able to absorb potholes and road cracks with ease even with the tire pressure pumped up to the recommended 36 PSI! And even the brakes are a part of the class act offering excellent modulation with a solid pedal feel and confident stopping power.

The Mazda2 isn’t for everyone. If you’re keen on driving a car with zero personality, then you won’t enjoy it. Mazda has engineered the 2 to feel like the 3 or the 6—and that’s evident in all of the touch points from the aesthetics to the on-road feel and dynamics. In other words, this is a driver’s sub-compact in the same way the Mazda3 is a driver’s compact. It may not be as roomy as the competition, but that’s not the reason why you’ll fall in love with it. It’s great because it rewards the driver for actually choosing a car that’s heart above the mind. If you consider driving fun to be the priority in your sub-compact, then the Mazda2 makes for a really solid argument. Car of the year? The Mazda2 rests its case.



2016 Mazda2 V Sedan & Speed Hatchback
Ownership 2016 Mazda2 V 1.5 Skyactiv Sedan 2016 Mazda2 1.5 Skyactiv Speed Hatchback
Year Introduced 2015 2015
Vehicle Classification Sub-compact Sub-compact
The Basics
Body Type 4-door sedan 5-door hatchback
Seating 5 5
Engine / Drive F/F F/F
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 1.5 1.5
Aspiration Normally Aspirated, Direct Injection Normally Aspirated, Direct Injection
Layout / # of Cylinders I4 I4
BHP @ rpm 108 @ 6,000 108 @ 6,000
Nm @ rpm 139 @ 4,000 139 @ 4,000
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 91~ Gasoline / 91~
Transmission 6 AT 6 AT
Cruise Control No No
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,320 4,060
Width (mm) 1,695 1,695
Height (mm) 1,470 1,465
Wheelbase (mm) 2,570 2,570
Curb Weight (kg) 1,043 1,025
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Axle Torsion Beam Axle
Front Brakes Vented Disc Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Solid Disc Solid Disc
Tires Dunlop Enasave EC300+ 185/65 R 15 T (f & r)  Dunlop Enasave EC300+ 185/60 R 16 H (f & r)
Wheels Alloy Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 2 2
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes Yes
Traction / Stability Control Yes Yes
Parking Sensors Yes, Rear Yes, Rear
Exterior Features
Headlights Halogen HID
Fog Lamps Yes Yes
Auto Lights No Yes
Auto Wipers No Yes
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt/Telescopic Tilt/Telescopic
Steering Wheel Material Urethane Leather
Seating Adjustment Manual Manual
Seating Surface Fabric Leather
Folding Rear Seat Yes, 60/40 Yes, 60/40
On-Board Computer Yes Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes Yes
Power Door Locks Yes Yes
Power Windows Yes Yes
Power Mirrors Yes Yes
Climate Control Manual Yes
Audio System Stereo
CD
MP3
USB
Bluetooth
Stereo
CD
MP3
USBx2
Bluetooth
No. of Speakers 4 6
Steering Wheel Controls Yes Yes

141 comments:

  1. I've waited a long time for this. I'm definitely leaner towards buying the Mazda 2 Speed over the Mazda 3 V. Every other subcompact car feels blah compared to the Mazda 2.

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    1. *leaning sorry for the typo. I was typing so fast. :)

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  2. How far is the level of the fit and finish of the Mazda 2 compared to the Mazda 3?

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    1. There's a discernible difference in fit and finish. The Mazda3 uses more soft-touch materials and all the panels fit better. There are more hard surfaces in the Mazda2.

      BUT...the Mazda2 is still good.

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    2. This begs the question: Would it be wise to go to the top of the line Mazda 2 or base model Mazda 3? Both are equipped with same displacement 1.5L Skyactive engines (although with different output).

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    3. Top of the line Mazda 2 dude. My zoom zoom friends told me that it was "AMAZING" than 3. i have one nextmonth

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    4. Its probably unfair to compare the m2s interior to the 3 or 6 since they are both higher end models. Now if u compare it to the other subcompacts vios, accent, almera, city... The m 2 has d advantage

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    5. The Mazda 3, whether the 1.5 or 2.0L variant, is CBU Made in Japan. The Mazda 2 is Made in Thailand. SO the build quality, fit&finish, quality of materials used is still superior in the Mz3 compared to the Mz2. You can see for yourself by spending time inside both.

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    6. I really like these rims. Chasing ones like these. Do you sell these? Or know of a supplier that does?

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    7. I really like these rims. Chasing ones like these. Do you sell these? Or know of a supplier that does?

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  3. I think the Speed version have 16 inch wheels already. i don't know about the tires though.

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    1. Yup. Sorry about that. Typo in the spec sheet.

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  4. typo on the specs. width should be 1695mm not 1495.
    Hate that pop up display. It's downright distracting. Also,
    the phablet like center console is a magnet to car thieves. A lot of complaints in other forums, idiots braking through window glass and force pulling the center display thinking it's a phablet. Other than that, it's a nice car to have and to hold.

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    1. The hud(heads up display) was placed there so that you would not look down on the speedometer to check your speed, therefore, your eyes(or at least part of your vision) is still on the road. About thieves trying to steal the touchscreen, park in safe areas(though it really can't be avoided sometimes). Nice is too bland to describe Mazda. This is the best car in the segment of affordable subcompact cars.

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    2. that's precisely the point. You have to keep your eyes on the road - and the HUD somehow distracts your vision keeping your eyes focused on the road. I think the huge center speedo is more than and big enough already to keep you informed of your speed. then again it's only on the R variant. The V variant doesnt have one and is the more sensible variant to have in my opinion...

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    3. Ive only drive my M2Speed for 2weeks but I dont find the HUD distracting at all. In fact, i find it too low on the dash and it has me glancing Down instead of just peeking into my peripheral vision as it should. But then again, i have a long torso for my height so my head is a bit higher than most. I just lower the height-adjustable seat to suit. If you find it annoying, simply jack your sear up so your peeking over it rather tha. Thru it.

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    4. Had my m2 3 months now. The HUD wasn't distracting at all. My passengers get curious about it becoz u dont see it in most mainstream models.

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    5. My 2 year old son almost pulled that phablet like center console by the way. Good thing it was well anchored to the dash board hehe.

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  5. I wonder why people still buy the Toyota Vios over the Mazda 2 S(lowest variant). They're at a similar price and the Mazda 2 has a 1.5L engine(108hp) vs the Vios 1.3L engine(85hp), and a 6 speed automatic, compared to the Vios' ancient 4 speed automatic.The Mazda also has 3 years free PMS. The only advantage of the Vios is a bit more space, parts availability, and reliability kuno. The Vios also feels dead, while the Mazda feels so alive when you drive it.

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    1. Wonder no more, you already answered it. Not everyone can afford to have 2 or more vehicles for each purpose so they tend to be practical, purchasing a car that would fit most of their transportation needs with minimal fuss. It's a motoring appliance, the Mazda2 isn't.

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    2. As what he said, the Mazda 2 S and Vios E are priced around 778k to 795k, for the 17k difference, you'll get a more gorgeous exterior/interior, a 1.5L engine rated at 108hp than the 1.3L rated at 85hp, a six speed automatic over a 4 speed automatic, and 3 years PMS(Preventive maintenance, parts, change oil, labor). The yojin package alone is worth a lot more than the 17k difference. I'm sick and tired of seeing Vioses on the road, knowing that there are better options out there.

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    3. stop wondering, it's a Toyota dude.
      most people would go for the more famous brand even if the other brands are a better option. they'd rather have the security of going with the market leader.

      personally i was going to buy a vios originally but after doing some research decided to go with the mazda2.

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    4. I can answer this. My wife's Vios clocked in 264,000 kms as of yesterday. Still pulls the same, still at 18-19 kms/Li. Only replaced the clutch disc and plate and a pair of tie rods after all that time (plus usual maintenance parts like fluids, battery, and tires). That quality is not "kuno". Price to specs though, you are right.

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  6. Best in the subcombact segment- back-camera nlng!

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    1. It's just niceties and additional tech. The Mazda 2 has the best engine and transmission in the segment, no other subcompact engine comes close. The 1.5L engine of the city on the other hand, is rated at 126hp at 6600rpm, if the Mazda or other brands are rated at 6600rpm, they would increase as well. People are misinformed of the engine power, disregarding the rpm and also the weight. Anyway, I would buy the Honda City if the Mazda 2 doesn't exist.

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    2. Space, camera, fuel efficiency and reliability, the city has the advantage. Di pa masyado subok ang mazda na mga bago. But probably on par with honda din yan since bith japanese sila and the mazda has the advantage of being made in japan.

      Anyway, different target audiences ng mazda2 at city. City are for families, yung mazda2 pang enthusiast. Ganda ng itsura ng mazda2, its a head turner lalo na yung may DRL na model. I think yung city parang mini executive ang dating, mukhang formal but not as formal as the previous gen city.

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    3. Di rin gaano kareliable ang honda because parts are also expensive. The advantage of Mazda is the Yojin promo. I like the fact that it has Yojin at the same time its cars are fuel efficient and fun to drive. Wag mo rin sabihin na di subok ang mga bagong mazda ksi sa ibang bansa mas prefer nila yng newer mazdas rather than the newer hondas because of its engine and connection between man and car.

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    4. Honda's also tend to be overpriced, like those mugen bodykits. And they still use drum brakes, lol. Also, the new Mazda models are more efficient than the city, not to mention that they are more advanced in engine and transmission tech than Honda's. I agree with the city being a choice for families, and the mazda 2 for bachelors and enthusiasts. If you see a soul red mazda 2 totl hatch or even the sedan on the road, it would leave you flabbergasted.

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    5. Honda are one of the most reliable cars. They are still one of the best selling car companies in the US. Still, anyone with a common sense would avoid those stupid mugen accesories. One of the few markets where honda is not dominating is in australia and mazda seems pretty popular there.

      The honda city is more fuel efficient since it is equipped with a cvt and it has the eco mode. It even has a coaching light so you will be guided and nit waste fuel. The mazda2 has no advantage over the transmission and engine since its just 6-speed and its not even direct injection like the one frome the 2.0 mazda3. So yeah, aside from being lighter and has a better suspension for handling, the mazda has no real advantage over the city when it comes to fuel efficiency and power.

      I think the city would be popular with lawyers or doctors because it looks sharp and professional while the mazda2 is suited for networkers because of how flashy and cool it looks, surely it will entice more "prospects".

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    6. Um, a lot of automotive authors commended Mazda's six speed skyactiv transmission as one of the best transmission available on the market(if not the best). Also, a lot of people don't like cvts, because they have no feel, and feel like a rubber band. There's not much excitement in driving a a cvt. I think the mazda 2 top variant and the city looks great, but the mazda 2 is the best looking car in the segment(the top variant), I would rank the City second.

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    7. Have you ever seen a red Mazda 2 speed on the road? If you see one and drive one, you'll never want the city again. Every other subcompact will feel ordinary compared to the Mazda 2, try to test drive it. ;)

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    8. The cvt might be boring but its for fuel efficiency rather than a sporty drive. The city is all about fuel efficiency if you haven't noticed. Reviewers love the 6 speed because it balances fun and fuel efficiency but the cvt is much more fuel efficient but yeah its not great when pushed to the limits. For everyday use, the cvt of honda feels like a regular automatic, doesn't have that rubber band feel and noisy sound that cvt usually produces.

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    9. The honda city is not a great car. Eventually, you will have lots of problems. Each part will cost you a fortune. The service advisor will tell you, kasi honda is a premium brand. Doon, bawi lahat ng savings mo sa fuel to honda service center. At the end of the day, you are at the losing end.

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    10. Mazda is the true premium brand alongside subaru. Honda is just plain overpriced.

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    11. Mazda parts are more expensive though and very hard to find. Casa talaga ipagagawa yan. The city's parts are not that expensive, that's acommon misconception for those who do not own one at naniniwala lang sa sabi-sabi. Expensive than toyota, yes but not as expensive as subaru. I think none of these brands are premium. Kung premium hanap mo, mag Lexus ka.

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    12. Premium is different from luxury. Premium is a step up from standard. While luxury is a wholr new level.

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    13. A whole new world?

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    14. Even the top of the line Mazda's have things that the base models of luxury brands(BMW,Audi, Mercedes Benz) don't have or are offered as optional at x2 to x3 in price.

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    15. Such as?? The city also has a back up camera which some bmw doesn't have. It also has touch sensitive climate controls, which again some luxury brands doesn't have. What is your point?

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    16. perhaps he was talking about the Mazda 6 and the CX-5 which have Adaptive LED Headlights; a feature that's not standard with BMW's and Benzes in the country. I know other Hondas and Toyotas also have LED headlights, but they're not of the Adaptive kind.

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    17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVsmaSt8qTo A comparison between a entry level Mercedes Benz to a Top of the line Mazda 3

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    18. The mazda 2 still loses in power. You even have to redline it to get it to 120hp that honda city has. 108 6000rpm vs 120 6600rpm
      (Honda city still has a higher RPM limit)


      Fuel efficiecy and power, Honda City wins. Looks are subjective, I like the honda cities sharp headlights and the mazda 2's grill. Both are good in aesthetics section.

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  7. Contrary to what you just posted, the Mazda2 is also direct injected, although it features a lower compression ratio (12:1) compared to its bigger brothers (13:1). It also has a 4-1 header versus the 4-2-1 in the 3/6/CX-5.

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    1. It doesn't say in the brochure though and the low power figures would have led anyone to believe that it is not direct injected. This review says its direct injected but the brochure and the power figures shows that its not. It would be nice if someone can clarify this and can provide basis e.g. a website link.

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    2. http://www.mazda.com/en/innovation/technology/skyactiv/skyactiv-g/

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    3. All skyactive engines are direct injected. The 1.5li engine in the M2 is the same as the 1.5li in the M3 - Only it is detuned to a lower HP rating and re calibrated the torque to the lower body weight of the M2. If they dont do this - the Mazda 2 will fly!...(kidding)

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    4. I wish we had the 1:15 compression ratio version. At least for the Speed version. I wouldnt mind paying for 95octane premium gas(vpower/blaze) for the snappier performance.

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  8. How does it stack up against the Fiesta Ecoboost in terms of performance and handling? The Fiesta Ecoboost surely has the advantage in power and available torque but Mazda surely has some magic going for this small SkyActiv car.

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    1. fiesta is turbo. M2 is NA. The fiesta will smoke the M2 anyday in outright speed and torque. No magic for mazda here. Best bet would be a M3 - but they are not in the same segment.

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    2. The question is, at which point is all that power and torque available. A test drive would determine that.

      In typical everyday performance, meaning in traffic, there are a lot of complaints in Ford's powershift transmission, which is what's in the Fiesta. It seems to be geared for highway use.

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    3. Olats yung double-clutch tranny sa Ford, still jerky in stop&go traffic, they haven't completely mitigated it until now. The turbos are peaky & have a non-linear power delivery. But it's a cheap and lazy way to create more power from a smaller-displacement engine, that's why Honda is also copying it now for the new Civic, basically turning their backs on their VTEC, naturally-aspirated philosophy.

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  9. Hi Uly,

    I thought the white leather interior only came with the soul red exterior, so I actually planned to get a different color. Does it feel like it's going to be a pain to keep clean?

    Also, would you know if the midnight edition will be priced differently (more??) than the Mazda2 Speed, or is it just a different color for the model? TIA!

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    1. Hi.

      Well the demo unit I had actually had some scuff marks on the leather so I imagine it's not that easy to clean. Of course, if you're obsessive compulsive, you should be fine.

      As for interior color, it's for all Speed models which is exclusively for the hatchback.

      The Midnight Edition is priced is P 995,000 and arrives in March.

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    2. From what the sales agent told me, by default, the leather seats for the soul red speed are black leather but you have the option (only for soul red) to make it white for an additional 16k.

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    3. Thanks for the info, Uly and fellow anonymous! So is there anything else different in the Midnight Edition besides the color?

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    4. Hi Uly,

      Is the black leather seats on the midnight edition the same as the usual Speed, or they are a bit different? And what else is different on the midnight edition's interior?

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    5. White leather for Mazda 2 Speed regardless of exterior color. Midnight edition will have black leather.

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  10. Awesome exterior and kick ass interior.

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  11. Hi Uly,

    I saw on the specs here that the airbags for both V and Speed variant are 2. Is this a typo? Brochure indicates "standard" for all variants then "passenger and driver" on R (and probably speed) variant.

    I have watched the crash test videos for Mazda 2, and the car used had side airbags. Does the Speed variant released here have side curtain airbags?

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  12. nice review uly. been driving my m2 for 3 months now. absolutely fun to drive. a little cramped in the back but I don't mind since I usually drive alone. the transmission is tops but its the small details that impresses me most like the pedal placement and feel. the accelerator needs a bit of effort to push down so u can actually rest your foot on it. makes u less fatigued esp when driving thru heavy traffic

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  13. Any news regarding Skyactiv-D, would like to hear any news. like the reason we are not getting Skyactiv-D in Philippines

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  14. Hi sir uly, if you ever have reviewed this before releasing your 2015 top 5, where would this car sit?

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  15. Few questions on mazda 2.

    1. May reverse camera na po ba ito?
    2. Does it includes gps navigation system?
    3. Does it has hill launch assist?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. It has # 1 and # 2 but not # 3.

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  16. Hi uly.. First time car buyer here.. I'm torn between a mazda2 v, Altis 1.6 g and Honda city e mt.. Thoughts? Ty

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    1. If you're single or with someone but do not plan to have kids yet, or if you have a small stature and looking for a sporty ride and a vehicle that you'll love, choose the Mazda 2. If you need space, choose either the Altis or the City.

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    2. Thanks.. No down to altis or Mazda 2.. Gonna have my final visit for both cars Tom before deciding

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  17. Nag adjust price ng mazda2 sobrang nag mura, ung S ata 13k nalang monthly tas ung R 16k

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    1. bought one last month, @ 20%DP 60months my monthly is 17.5k

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  18. I'm lucky to have both a 2016 Mazda 2 Sedan and a Honda City. It is amazing how people can be inaccurate about their perceptions about these 2 cars unless you actually drive and own both. They are very different cars. If you want space, comfort and better cabin tech, you go for the honda. If you care about driving, appreciate a well engineered transmission, suspension, and engine, go for the mazda. Everything else is about the same.

    Overall, for the type of person (and driver) that I am, its the mazda 2 for me. But you can't go wrong with either cars.

    And yes the cvt experience is horrible compared to the skyactive 6 speed.

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    1. how's the FC for mazda 2? and what variant of mazda po do you have? thank you in advance po for the answers

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  19. ano mas maganda Nissan Juke or Mazda2 KABUKI Edition or Midnight Edition ????

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    1. Mazda 2 Crimson edition no doubt. The Juke looks weird.

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  20. Hi Sir Uly,
    Ask ko lang po, nabasa ko po kasi sa ibang forums na yung Mazda 2 M/T ay walang digital tach, yung left side ng instrument cluster nya ang Mazda 2 logo lang? Is this true po?

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  22. Please help me to decide.. mazda 3 V 5DR (P978k) or mazda 2 midnight edition?

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  23. Finally got my Midnight Ed yesterday, anyone know where I can buy a 3rd party sd card/chip for the navi system? Agent told me they dont have it yet.

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  24. bakit walang sd card/chip for the navi system yung Mazda ???? pano magagamit GPS navi system mo kelan ba magkakaron ng sd card/chip for the navi system ng Mazda ????

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    1. Tinanong ko yung agent sabi wala pa daw nilalabas atm.

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  25. may rear camera naba yung Midnight Ed Mazda 2 mo ????

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  26. Hyundai accent diesel or mazda 2 gasoline?

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  27. nalilito ako kung ano bibilin ko kung Nissan Juke or Mazda2 KABUKI Edition or Ford Focus :(

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    1. Ako rin eh. Mazda 2 - cute for a kotse and a great drive, no arguments about that. But I hv to consider my passengers sa likod, not much leg room sa mazda 2, malayo din ang service center nia sa amin, and The Juke makes my heart beat faster, parang sia yung mas crush ko talaga. Now, here is my problem - red or yellow? Yung yellow parang it makes me so happy lookin at it, but am a shy person so I can't handle the attention. So red na lang? Pero ganda talaga nung yellow....��

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  28. Hello, I'm planning to buy a hatch and i'm torn about getting a Mazda 2 or a Yaris. I'll be using it basically to drive myself to office in Makati from Rizal which is a traffic laden route. Main consideration is fuel efficiency, as usually it takes about a 2hr drive, will there be a wide margin gap between the two? I'm a female, btw. Your thoughts please? Thank you.

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    1. For fc try diesel powered car like accent 7speed automatic

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    2. I'm surprised that you compared the Mazda 2 to a lame Yaris. Get either the Mazda 2 or Hyundai Accent diesel if you are after fuel efficiency, a mirage would be a nice and cheap alternative as well if you are really keen towards fuel efficiency, or better yet, get a condo instead, you'll save time. Time is more important than money.

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  29. Any thoughts about Mazda 3 2.0 sedan skyactiv R and Mazda 2 skyavtiv R 1.5 sedan?
    Purpose: For Casual Driving for work to home basis.
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    - is it fuel efficent?
    - worth it the price? ( P 1,205,000 for the M3 and P 925,000 for M2)
    - Any issues?

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    1. Both are fine choices, choose the 3 if you have more money to spend, I chose the 2 R because of financial constraints, but I would have gladly chosen the 3 R if I had the extra cash. Both are fuel efficient anyway. No issue so far on my 2 R, I picked it over the Honda City Vx because I don't plan to sell it ever, well, unless if a new model is launched.

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  30. Vios, Mazda 2 or Ford Ecosport? Please help me decide. Thanks

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    1. Vios is a good but lame car, you'll see thousands of them on the road, so your vios doesn't feel special. Speaking of specifications, the Mazda 2 beats the vios(6 speed auto vs 4 speed, 1.3 vs 1.5, better aesthetics, drum vs disc breaks, the Mazda 2 is sold in 1st world countries, more fuel efficient, etc). The Ford ecosport on the other hand, the auto tranny is jerky, it sucks. The ecoboost is not so fuel efficient, full of hard plastics, interior is not so good, American vs Japanese reliability(japs win), etc. Anyway, test drive all 3 cars you'll see the Mazda 2 reigns supreme. It's a no brainer especially if you'll choose the Mazda 2 R or speed, over the ecosport titanium or the Vios G/TRD

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  31. ano po pinagkaiba ng premium series ng mazda 2 (midnight, crimson, kabuki)? kulay lng b? tia sa sasagot.

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    1. may camera na sa likod yung premium mazda 2 (midnight, crimson, kabuki)

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    2. Also LED headlights versus HID for the Mazda2 R.

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  32. For crimson and kabuki, may similar color sya sya lower variants unlike midnight edition wala.

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  33. Mazda 3 v1.5 (975,000php) or mazda 2 r (920,000)?

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    1. Depends, actually. You can a larger but spartan car go for the Mazda3. If you want a fully-loaded but smaller car, go Mazda2.

      It's style versus practicality.

      If you're pretty much going to drive it alone, both cars are good, but you can't deny the added flexibility of driving a slightly bigger car. That being said, if you're after the high-tech toys, go for the Mazda2.

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  34. Mazda2 S MT or FordFiesta Trend MT? Your thoughts will be much appreciated.

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    1. The 2's engine, quality, and transmission are better, go for the 2.

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  35. What's the difference between Skyactiv - R and Skyactiv - V?

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    1. R is top of the line, while V is mid trim second to the base model

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    2. Check the brochure from their website. There are features in the R that are not in the V.

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  36. can this go through flood?

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  37. Its a subcompact car. What do you think?

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  38. Sirs/Experts:

    Advise on Honda Jazz vs Mazda 2 sedan vs Mazda 2 Hatch? My 1st choice is actually a Jazz be of its cabin space, but when I saw the M2, it blew my mind. Just the space at the back is not so impressive.

    Need ur comments.

    Thanks

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    1. It depends on your needs. If you want space, get the Jazz. If space is not that important, you'll love the Mazda 2. The only advantage the Jazz has over the Mazda 2 is more interior space. Do not be fooled by the 126hp@6600 rpm of the Jazz and City. If you will push the Mazda 2 to 6600rpm, it would have similar hp and more torque than the latter, but the Mazda will have the advantage here as it is lighter. I would also prefer a6 speed automatic than a CVT.

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    2. What? So ireredline mo yun engine para lang maabot un sa jazz? Wow

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    3. Adding 600RPM will not instantly make the mazda engine go from 106 to 120hp. Also mazda 2 redlines at 6200-6400 while jazz redlines at 6800-6900.

      heres a calculator for power to weight. Jazz still wins
      http://measurespeed.com/power-to-weight-ratio-calculator

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  39. ano po ang fuel consumption ng mazda 2

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  40. Automatic transmission lang ba available for Mazda 2 Hatchback?

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  41. Automatic transmission lang ba available for Mazda 2 Hatchback?

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  42. I think the only available variant that is manual is mazda2 S sedan which is priced at 748k which i just bought this july and it doesnt have a tachometer quite odd for a manual and it does not make sense at all for mazda not to put a tach on it.

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    1. By the way can this be put as a customer complaint? I was not actually aware that the unit does not come with a tach and just noticed it when i got the vehicle like all papers signed and it has been paid. Tach is very important specially on a manual vehicle. Any suggestions comments will be appreciated.

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    2. Wala pala tach ang Mazda 2 Manual? Mas prefer ko pa naman ang manual kesa automatic. Automatic cars are so boring to drive kasi bilang lalaki. Napaka importante ng tachomoeter sa manual tapos inalis oa iyon. They need mods about it.

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  43. bought mazda 2R sedan, wala pang 1 month, FC: city driving is 6km per liter, out of toen tagaytay via slex sta rosa or eton, 12km per liter...sunog spark plugs twice bago pa mag 1,000km...dealer blaming petron xtra 91 octane, bakit daw petron gamit ko kaso, shell lang ang recommended nila..wala daw kwenta petron kasi madaming additives, kaya recommendation, ubusin ko daw yung full tank na petron ko, tapos gumamit lang ng shell para di masunog spark plugs and gumanda fc..ayoos t@ngin@ lang dahilan yan..

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    1. Maybe its in your driving habit? Or is it really a lemon unit? Petron is a local company, better stick to the Dutch Shell instead.

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  44. total gas at 1,000km : 131 liters na, or 7.6km per liter combined city and highway...dipa nga ako nageedsa...ingat nalang kayo, malas kolang lemon nabigay sakin na oto.

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  45. is the gasoline brand really a big deal as long as the minimum octane (91 or 92) is met? must it really be shell? i used caltex silver unleaded.

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    1. Sakin rin caltex gamit ko, un recommend nila sa greenhills, un kasi malapit sakanila lol. So far mag one month n ung mazda2v ko and i can say bumababa naman gas consumption nya

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  46. Planning to buy also a car next month pero undecided pa what to choose between M2 and Jazz

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    1. Same here. Cant decide yet which car from those 2 to buy

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    2. Same here. Cant decide yet which car from those 2 to buy

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  47. Mga boss. May mga naging issues na po b ang mazda 2 skyactiv? Plan n po kasi bumili ng sasakyan ng kaibigan ko.:)

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  48. Hi, 1st time driver and car owner. Female and an ignoramus when it comes to cars. But so far been hearing good reviews for the mazda 2. Was considering getting the Yaris (fond of hatchbacks much) but was persuaded to buy the mazda 2 instead. My question is, is the price diff between the premium series and the 1.5 V really worth it??? It is a bit steep so I was wondering if I should get it or kust settle for the regular variant. Replies would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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    1. If you don't need to impress your friends and family or you are low in budget, get the mazda 2 v. But if you are willing to spend more for the awesomeness of the 2 premium series, then get it. You'll fall in love with it everyday.

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  49. Need your recommendation guys. I drive 20 kilometers to work everyday (40 combined), and my primary choices are either the Mazda 2 and the Hyundai Accent CRDi, both hatch. Which one is better at fuel economy? I like the diesel turbo of the Accent but the interior although spacious looks dated, I like the exterior though and the fact that it is MT but still has steel rims. The Mazda 2 is balanced though and has better package (bluetooth,alloy rims,push start, etc.). I usually drive like a bat out of hell when given space so will the Accent's diesel make that much of a fuel economy difference? And can the Mazda 2 (only in AT) match the Accent's acceleration and speed?

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    1. If fuel economy is your primary concern, get the accent diesel. Its more fuel efficient than the mazda 2 and diesel is cheaper. I like the Mazda 2's exterior and interior, they are more modern than the accent. In acceleration, the accent is faster due to it having a turbocharged engine and the diesel gives it a lot of lowdown torque. That said the accent is a 3 star car with a 5 star engine. Pick the Mazda 2 if you want something more stylish, fun to drive and fuel efficient than most competitors. The accent is also fun to drive as well due to its speed but I don't like the sound of the diesel engine. The Mazda 2 also handles better.

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    2. Thank you for your input! They are now processing a Mazda 2 for me (hopefully it gets approved). For a new dad like me with an 8month old kid, do you recommend the sedan or the hatch?

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    3. It depends on your needs. What variant did you get? If you will load more cargo, get the sedan, if not, opt for the hatchback. Personally, I like the hatch's looks and it is easier to park in the city. The hatch is also more versatile than the sedan. If you fold the rear seats, you can load trollers, baby stuff, etc. Assuming that you and your wife will ride in front.

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  50. When it comes to durability . Please rste the mazda2 vs toyota vios 1.5g tia for those whole rate.

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  51. Sir Uly,
    Ask ko lang if pwd mag PM ang ford service center sa mga mazda cars? Planning on buying mazda 2 but we do not have a mazda service center in gensan, thanks

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    1. Unfortunately, no.

      Ford and Mazda are different companies now. Plus, the drivetrain and chassis aren't related anymore.

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    2. Thank you sir

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  52. Sir Ulysses,

    What is your take between honda city VX and mazda2 R sedan? which do you think is the better choice, I will be driving at least twice a week long drive (200km), thank you

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    1. I'd bet my money on the Honda City. Though I love the Mazda2 for its driving fun and looks, the City is better in terms of being well-rounded. It's much more practical and boasts of better highway fuel economy (perfect for that long drive of yours). Still, you can't go wrong with either car.

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    2. thank you sir for that straightforward reply, I most likely go for the Honda city,

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  53. I really like these rims, do you sell these? or know of any company that does?

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  54. I really like these rims, do you sell these? or know of any company that does?

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