We've really come to appreciate our Mazda 2 long-termer, but it's time to say goodbye to little Red Rocket.
The Mazda 2 Neo has been a great urban runabout for the CarAdvice Melbourne team, but one of the things a car like this is likely to undertake at some stage in its life is tackle a more extended drive. When I think about when I was a teenager (some may argue that it wasn't that long ago), I remember doing a lot of long trips in my parents' old 2000 Honda CR-V, and most friends at the same age did the odd road trip or two as well...
Renault's Clio RS hyper-compact has had a midlife face lift. We check out the mid-range Cup version to see if a fiddling of pricing and spec can bring some added glow to the heroic hot hatch's halo.
Fans of old school hot hatches will be delighted that the new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport adheres to the borrowed philosophy that always made it so fun: light is right.
While SUVs are the flavour of choice in recent years, the humble hatchback continues to be a popular option for first-car buyers, downsizers and those with just no need for anything bigger. Light cars are perfect for urban dwellers thanks to their compact packaging, and the competition remains red hot as manufacturers pump more and more kit into their tiniest offerings...
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The MY18 Skoda Fabia offers a competitive, if flawed package in the tightly-contested light car segment...
The 2017 Volkswagen Polo Urban is really good – for the money, there's not a better city car in the segment.
The 2017 Mazda 2 Maxx may be a solid and safe choice in the popular city car segment, but it does lack the interior refinement of its competitors.
Mini Golf isn't just a fun game. It's also the best descriptor for the imminent 2018 Volkswagen Polo, which takes the company's smallest model (in Australia) to new heights, in terms of space, in-car tech and dynamic sophistication.
The facelifted 2018 Toyota Prius C sees some inclusions, but it remains expensive in its class despite its best intentions.
The Mazda 2 Neo might be the cheapest sedan in the Japanese car maker's range, but it does offer premium quality... mostly.
The new flagship 2017 Mazda 2 GT will appeal to buyers who want the brand's stylish design and a funky interior, but it falls short in other ways.
The new Suzuki Swift gets the company's thrummy three-cylinder turbo in flagship GLX trim. Can it cut it at the top end of the light car segment?
The standalone 2017 Hyundai Accent Sport takes bits of both of the existing variants, and combines them into a punchy and affordable offering in the light car class. Shame it's feeling its age.
It's been a couple of months since we took delivery of our 2017 Mazda 2 Neo long-termer, and in that time it's been driven by numerous CarAdvice employees. So far we've covered urban commuting, infotainment, along with interior comfort and practicality. However we haven't really heard from the wider team...
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Our Mazda 2 Neo has settled in quite nicely at the CarAdvice Melbourne office, proving to be an ideal vehicle to commute to and from the inner city. However, there have been numerous occasions where the Red Rocket has been called on to do more load-lugging duties, and for many buyers of this car you will likely have the odd occasion where a few passengers or luggage will be stuffed in the back of the little hatch...