2015 Mazda2 Neo Sedan road test and review.
2015 has seen the return of the Mazda2 Sedan after nearly six years away from the Australian car market.
Mazda Australia passed me the keys to the entry-level 2015 Mazda2 Neo Sedan, prices here start from just $14,990 for the manual and $16,990 for the Mazda2 with automatic transmission.
I had the version with the auto transmission and found it worked quite nicely with the Mazda2 Neo’s 79kW/139Nm 1.5 litre engine.
The Mazda engine, incorporating SKYACTIV technology to maximize efficiency, is both energetic and perky and despite minimal power and torque on tap the Mazda2 never felt sluggish.
You could take a point or two off however due to the engine being a little noisy inside the cabin, it’s also not the smoothest unit when the revs are up.
Smooth is the word for the six-speed auto transmission though. Shifting happily through its ratios, it never felt ruffled, regardless of driving conditions or driver input. There is a ‘Sport’ mode available, though it doesn’t really provide nice dynamics, just makes it feel like the engine is being laboured.
Mazda claims this grade of Mazda2 Sedan should use a combined 5.5L/100km, I averaged closer to the claimed urban rate – 7.2L/100kms.
On the road the 2015 Mazda 2 Neo Sedan delivers a stable, predictable and rather enjoyable drive.
Mazda has given the 2 a crisp feeling through the steering and the sedan version is surprisingly nimble and poised in the bends.
In short, the Mazda2 Sedan is a small vehicle that feels like a more sizeable offering.
But it’s not all positives unfortunately. I felt the Mazda2 wasn’t necessarily tuned for Australian conditions as it might be and this is based on two things – particularly noisy tyres and a ride that at times was quite choppy and bouncy.
Inside the Mazda2 Neo cabin you will find a good array of standard features, including:
- Power windows
- Bluetooth audio
- Push-button start
- Rear parking sensors
- Tilt and reach steering adjustment
While the design of the cabin is both clever and attractive. Everything has a nice feel to it, possibly except for the controls for the infotainment system which aren’t necessarily easy to use.
The four-speaker stereo delivers good sound quality and the buttons on the steering wheel fall under the thumb quite comfortably. Headroom though, for anyone on the tall side, is going to be an issue.
The front seats are adequately padded and comfortable, the rear seat is a bit flat and hard. Pretty good legroom is the rear helps redeem comfort somewhat for those in the back of the 2015 Mazda Sedan.
Refreshingly, Mazda doesn’t charge extra for metallic paint on the Mazda2, the only extra paint cost is if you tick the box for Soul Red (as shown), this paint shade comes at a $200 premium.
A five-star safety rating from ANCAP features across the Mazda2 range.
Summing it up; the 2015 Mazda2 Neo Sedan is a reasonably priced offering that is generally quite well made, nice to drive and overall is an easy little car to live with. Anyone looking for a car that won’t break the budget should take one for a test drive.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Mazda 2 Neo Sedan
Engine: 1.5 litre petrol producing 79kW and 139Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Three years
Price: from $14,990
Matt Calvitto is the founder of automotive website – themotoringguru.com