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Mazda 2: refreshed and great value

Driving the latest Mazda 2, currently the second best seller in the light car class behind Hyundai’s Accent. The Mazda 2 was refreshed earlier this year – the 1.5-litre engine carries over in the entry Neo but gains slightly more power in the higher grades with idle stop technology. No price rises – the entry Mazda2 Neo six-speed manual starting at $16,990 drive-away. When I compare the latest Mazda 2 to some of the light cars of old I’m amazed at the value and inclusions yet the price point has barely moved in the last 15 years. Take the second tier Mazda 2 Maxx auto hatch at $21,890 drive-away– cruise control, rear parking sensors, six airbags, dynamic stability control, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, keyless push button start, a 7-inch full colour touch screen, a reversing camera, 15-inch alloy wheels, digital radio, forward active brake control up to 30k’s forward and 8k’s in reverse – the list just goes on and on. I’m David Berthon

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