The Mazda2 Hatchback is the brand’s subcompact hatchback offering in the Philippines that utilizes the brand’s KODO—Soul of Motion design theme. It’s the smallest vehicle in Mazda’s lineup. Following the sultry design of its bigger brothers, the Mazda2’s lines around the body go smoothly with the head and tail lights, giving it a dynamic look. A 16-spoke wheel and skirts around the body give it sportiness, enhancing the overall allure of the Mazda2.
Beyond the doors is a 5-seater, with a 7-inch touchscreen LCD monitor (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) in the middle for entertainment that can be controlled via buttons on the steering wheel or through the rotary Commander Control near the gear shifter. It also has paddle shifters, an active driving display, and automatic climate control. New in the Mazda2 Hatchback is the G-Vectoring Control (GVC) Plus, which is part of the brand’s series of new-generation vehicle dynamics control technology. GVC Plus uses the engine’s torque to distribute power among the wheels based on steering input. By optimizing the vehicle load among the wheels, it enhances the car’s handling and riding comfort. In short, more fun in driving with less to non-existent body roll.
Mazda Philippines launched the facelifted Mazda2 Hatchback, along with its sedan brother, in December 2019. The subcompact hatchback adopts the meshed grille of the bigger Mazda cars, aligning it with the Japanese marque's current design language.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
Under the hood is a 1.5-liter SkyActiv-G 16-valve engine that produces 108 hp with 141 Nm of torque. It’s coupled to a SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode that can be turned on with a flick of a switch near the shift knob.
The Mazda2’s suspension setup is McPherson struts in the front and torsion beam axle at the back. Front and rear brakes are ventilated discs and solid discs, respectively.
Front Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
Mazda DJ Platform
1.5L SkyActiv-G F-P5 Inline-4 Gasoline
108 hp, 139 Nm of torque
6-Speed SkyActiv-Drive Automatic
The 1.5-liter SkyActiv gasoline engine inside the Mazda2 Hatchback’s bonnet matches the engaging feel behind its steering wheel. It puts out 107 hp and 139 Nm of torque are and is mated to a 6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission did its job well to send that power to the front wheels with precise timing.
In terms of handling, the Mazda2 has a light steering feel, which makes it very maneuverable within tight city streets. That loose steering feel tightens as you reach 60 km/h and above, which, in combination with the car’s G-Vectoring control, accounts for more precise steering. It made driving on winding roads feel safer and more comfortable. Braking, on the other hand, was a cinch with its front and rear disc brakes.
The Mazda2 Hatchback’s 7-inch floating touchscreen infotainment, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is navigation-ready and works passively in the background. It displays upcoming intersections on the top of the screen. Convenient driver-assist features are present, too, such as automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, backing camera, rear proximity sensors, and speed-sensing door locks.
The Mazda2 Hatchback follows the KODO design language that’s observed on every Mazda vehicle. The sole Elite variant of the Mazda2 Hatchback comes with LED headlights but its daytime running lights are halogens.
The Mazda2 Hatchback is available in the following color options: Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red Crystal, Jet Black, Titanium Flash, and Eternal Blue.
The Mazda2’s interior elements match the car’s price as it’s filled with soft plastics and polyurethane trims for the standard variants. The Mazda2’s ergonomics is well thought out, as well. Space inside the Mazda2 Hatchback is a bit limited for individuals taller than 5’6”.
Standard safety features across the Mazda2 range are dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, rear parking sensors, high-mount stop lamp, and rear-view camera. Security is taken care of by immobilizer. G-Vectoring Control Plus is also standard on the 2 Hatchback which acts as a safety feature that controls torque on wheels to improve traction.
Pros & Cons
While looks are subjective, the Mazda2 Hatchback’s design is done tastefully and something that would appeal to the general population of car buyers. You’ll also like the slew of tech features that it offers and its impressive fuel efficiency.
On the other hand, it’s hard to deny that the Mazda2 Hatchback is a bit pricey for its class. Its interior space is also limited, especially at the back.
Berjaya Auto Philippines, Inc. (BAP), the official local distributor of Mazda vehicles, has introduced the Mazda 2 Premium Series which includes three new variants of the brand’s subcompact hatch - the Midnight Edition, Kabuki Edition, and the Crimson Edition.
Ask our team of experts any question and we will do our best to give you the best answer possible.
Does the Mazda2 Hatchback come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
The refreshed Mazda2 hatchback now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Is the Mazda2 Hatchback the same as the Toyota Yaris?
The Toyota Yaris in some markets is a rebadged Mazda2 Hatchback, therefore both carry similar styling.
Does the Mazda2 Hatchback have a deep trunk space?
The Mazda2 Hatchback has a rather shallow cargo space but it can be expanded by folding the rear backrests to the floor.
Is Mazda Demio the same as Mazda2?
The Mazda2 is also called the Mazda Demio in its home country in Japan?
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