Sporty and nimble are two unlikely words that come to mind when you’re driving the 2022 Mazda2 G15 Pure SP hatchback. Packed with technology, power (relative to its size), and offering affordability, it’s hard to ignore.
An inner-city parking dream come true, you’ll be able to slot the Mazda2 into the tightest of spots. But it’s the look that has us excited, with some clever design choices giving it an understated almost sleeper feel.
The black alloy wheels further add to the sporty characteristic, and pairs up well to the black side mirrors and black grille at the front. Walk around to the back and there’s a bubble-style tailgate, and large rear bumper; the only downside in its exterior.
Being such a petite size means you’re not going to pack in a squad comfortably though, and sitting in a normal driving position up front eats into any potential rear leg room in the back. Future passenger needs will be an important factor if you’re considering the Mazda2.
It is big enough for a couple kids in the back though, and the rear seats are fitted with two ISOFIX child restraint anchor points, as well as two top tethers. Childproof rear door locks are also standard.
The in-car experience is minimalist yet tech forward. For starters, there’s a nice 7.0-inch infotainment screen mounted in the centre of the dash, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via USB connection. There’s also two USB-A connection/charging points.
Bluetooth connectivity is of course an option, if cables aren’t your thing, with everything controlled from the well planned out leather wrapped steering wheel, which features big buttons for music, volume, phone calls, and cruise control.
Leather touches are also found on the transmission stick and handbrake lever, continuing that sports feel inside the cabin. The seats are comfortable and supportive, but we would have enjoyed some leather seats.
We know the plush stuff is not everyone’s cup of tea, so maybe the cloth will suit you. Other notable mentions go to the cup holders in the centre console, water bottle holders in the front doors, and the phone compartment under the infotainment screen.
We did find the limitation of a disabled touchscreen while driving a little annoying. A dial located near the handbrake lever picks up the slack, and we get its a safety feature, but damn it’s distracting.
The other drawback is the lack of automation for the folding side mirrors when parking. We had to manually switch before departing the car, and switch back off when resuming a drive. It’s a small nuisance, but one that you may encounter on a daily basis.
Safety inclusions are adequate in the 2022 Mazda 2 G15 Pure SP, with airbags, ABS, DSC, lane departure and keep assist, and blind spot monitoring. We did find the blind spot monitoring a little overzealous, picking up cars beyond the adjoining lane.
All in all though, it’s a pretty safe vehicle, scoring 5-star ANCAP safety rating. On the performance front, there’s a 1.5-litre in-line 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC S-VT petrol engine under the hood, paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
This will generate up to 82kW of power, and 144Nm of torque. This may not sound like much, but bear in mind that it only weighs about 1,000kg, so it has the potential to be punchy on the pedal when you need it, and fuel efficient on cruises.
Mazda claims 5.3-litres/100km on that front, and our week of getting around in the Mazda2 saw 6.2-litres/100km. The driving experience is impressive and handling is first class. You expect a car this size and weight to feel a bit light and floaty, and yet it’s not.
Well grounded, with great grip, it manoeuvres very well, making it a great little compact hatchback that’s even better value for money. The 2022 Mazda 2 G15 Pure SP is priced at $28,062 drive away, and comes with 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
A similar length premium roadside assistance package is also included, and it can be had in a range of colours, including Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Machine Grey Metallic, and Polymetal Grey Metallic (as tested).
You can also opt for Jet Black Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, and Platinum Quartz Metallic. You can find out more on the Mazda Australia website, and as always, we recommend shopping around to get a good price.
Our test vehicle was provided by Mazda Australia. To find out more about the 2022 Mazda2 G15 Pure SP, visit your local Mazda dealer.