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by Tim Beissmann

The 2016 Mazda 2 sedan has arrived in Australia, bolstering the brand’s top-selling light car line-up with a second body style.

The pint-sized sedan matches the $14,990 plus on-road costs starting price of the Mazda 2 hatch, making it one of the cheapest sedans on the market. Key Mazda 2 sedan rivals include the Honda City (from $15,990), Hyundai Accent sedan (from $14,990) and the Mitsubishi Mirage sedan (from $14,490).

The Mazda 2 sedan returns to the Australian market after a four-year hiatus, following Mazda’s decision to discontinue to the previous-generation 2 sedan in our market in 2011.

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The new 2 sedan is 4320mm long, 1695mm wide, 1470mm tall, and rides on a 2570mm wheelbase, making it 90mm longer than the old model overall, as well as 80mm longer between the wheels. It’s also 260mm longer and 25mm lower than the hatch, with which it shares it wheelbase.

The sedan’s boot measures 440 litres, giving it a healthy advantage over the hatch (250L). Somewhat disappointingly, however, it’s 10L smaller than the old sedan’s boot, despite its larger exterior dimensions.

And unlike many light-sized sedans, which offer rear-seat space to rival cars one or two sizes larger, the Mazda 2 sedan has interior dimensions that are almost identical to the hatch.

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The new Mazda 2 sedan range includes entry-level Neo and mid-grade Maxx variants powered by standard- and high-spec engines, and available with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The Mazda 2 sedan matches the updated pricing and specifications of the hatch, with the only difference being unique seat upholstery patterns. There is no high-end Genki sedan available, making the Genki hatch the sole flagship of the range.

The new Mazda 2 Neo sedan costs from $14,990 with the manual transmission and $16,990 with the optional automatic, while the Maxx manual and auto are $17,690 and $19,690 respectively. The pricing makes the new sedan significantly cheaper than the old version, which cost from $19,090 to $20,740.

Both sedan variants are powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. In the Neo it produces 79kW and 139Nm, while in the Maxx it makes 81kW and 141Nm (the extra power is the result of the high-spec engine’s higher compression ratio).

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Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres for the Neo manual and 5.5 for the Neo auto, while the Maxx variants, which are fitted with engine stop-start technology, use 5.2 (manual) and 4.9 (auto).

Standard features of the Mazda 2 Neo sedan include 15-inch steel wheels, rear parking sensors, push-button start, black and red cloth upholstery, cruise control, manual air conditioning, and a four-speaker audio system with CD player, AUX and USB inputs, and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming. Electronic stability control and six airbags (dual front, side and curtains) headline the standard safety package.

For an extra $2700, Mazda 2 Maxx sedans gain the high-spec engine, 15-inch alloys, unique seat upholstery and interior plastics, leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake, the MZD Connect infotainment system with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen and multi-function commander rotary control, reverse-view camera, and a six-speaker audio system with internet radio integration (works with Pandora, Stitcher and Aha). Satellite navigation is available as a $570 option.

Both are also available with the Smart City Brake Support system for $400.

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Mazda Australia predicts combined Mazda 2 hatch and sedan sales will average 1200 per month over the next year, and anticipates the sedan to make up 15 per cent (or 180 units) of that monthly tally. Of those, it is expecting a roughly 50:50 take-up of the Neo and Maxx grades, with four in five customers expected to favour the automatic transmission.

Mazda’s estimated 180 monthly sales will make the 2 sedan one of the top-selling light sedans on the market. So far this year, Honda has averaged 214 City sales per month, Hyundai 167 Accent sedans, Mitsubishi 153 Mirage sedans, Holden 105 Barina sedans, and Toyota 49 Yaris sedans.

Read CarAdvice’s 2016 Mazda 2 Sedan Review.

 

2016 Mazda 2 sedan pricing (before on-road costs):
Neo manual $14,990
Neo auto $16,990
Maxx manual $17,690
Maxx auto $19,690

Major options:
Smart city brake support $400
Satellite navigation $570 (Maxx only)

2016 Mazda 2 sedan drivetrains:
Neo:
1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine
Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions
79kW at 6000rpm
139Nm at 4000rpm
Combined cycle fuel consumption: 5.4L/100km manual, 5.5L/100km auto

Maxx:
1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with stop-start technology
Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions
81kW at 6000rpm
141Nm at 4000rpm
Combined cycle fuel consumption: 5.2L/100km manual, 4.9L/100km auto

2016 Mazda 2 sedan specifications:
Neo:
15-inch steel wheels
Black and red cloth seat upholstery
60:40 split-fold rear seats
Manual air conditioning
Cruise control
Four-speaker audio system with CD player, AUX and USB inputs, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming
Push-button start
Rear parking sensors
Six airbags (dual front, side and curtains)
Electronic stability control
Hill-start assist

Maxx (adds over Neo):
High-spec engine
15-inch alloy wheels
Unique seat upholstery
Unique red and black interior plastics
Leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake
MZD Connect infotainment system with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen
Reverse-view camera
Six-speaker audio system with internet radio integration (Pandora, Stitcher, Aha)
Multi-function commander rotary control




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