Mazda 2 has finally arrived to Malaysia.Launched early this week, the Mazda 2 already have been booked by 500 customers. The Mazda 2 2010 which is already in local Mazda showrooms it’s a face lifted model.So it suppose to be better than the World Car of the Year 2008.With Malaysia having the largest passenger car market in ASEAN, Mazda expects the largest volume of Mazda2 to be sold here. They do not expect to beat the Toyota Vios and Honda City but are looking at being an appealing alternative.
The Mazda 2 sedan & hatchback are available with two equipment levels which are the V-Spec and R-Spec, the latter being sports-oriented with larger, wider wheels and sportier settings for the suspension. The hatchback R-Spec also gets a sports bodykit as standard. In all other respects, equipment levels are identical.
The Mazda 2 is powered by a 1.5-litre MZR engine producing 103 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 135 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, figures that are slightly shy of the similar sized engines from the Vios and City. The DOHC 16v unit with Sequential Valve Timing (SV-T) is paired to a four-speed automatic.It would have been good if the hatchback had a manual option which is available in some markets.
The dark theme for the interior gives a sporty ambience but which also tends to make the cabin feel less spacious than it really is. The roof line which looks nice on the outside also brings the ceiling a bit low at the rear and some tall people might just feel it is too low.
The Mazda 2 Sedan share the same front fascia as the Mazda 2 Hatchback.The most significant difference when you compare a Mazda 2 Hatchback and Mazda 2 Sedan is of course the rear of the car. From the rear we can see Mazda 2 Sedan has inherited designs from his closest sibling – The Mazda 3 Sedan. With the 3rd brake light position on the top center of the boot and the similar shape of the tail lights.
You can choose between the standard V Grade and the sporty R Grade for both bodystyles. While both grades come with the same MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension, the R Grade suspension gets “Sport Tuning”. Front brakes are ventilated discs while rears are drums. The 2’s steering system is of the EPS variety. Opt for the R Grade and your Mazda 2 will roll on low profile 195/45 R16 tyre while the V Grade does with 185/55 R15 tyre.
Mazda 2 Sedan V Grade RM79,859.50
Mazda 2 Sedan R Grade RM82,937.50
Mazda 2 Hatchback V Grade RM82,111.50
Mazda 2 Hatchback R Grade RM85,189.50