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Sizing up the 2015 Mazda2 hatchback

Sizing up the 2015 Mazda2 hatchback image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Manufacturer Press | posted June 02, 2015 15:33

We see how Mazda's new generation 2 hatchback stack up against the competition

The Philippines used to be a country fixated on sedans. Hatchbacks back then were only seen as budget cars that catered to first time new car buyers or for those looking for a cheap company runaround.

In today's automotive scene however, hatchbacks are now a frequent sight in the country. What were once seen as cheaper alternatives to sedans now command a good share of the market as most hatchbacks nowadays are fitted with premium equipment like automatic climate controls, automatic gearboxes, traction control, alloy wheels and a host of power assisted features.

Mazda recently launched their new 2 sedan/hatchback at the 2015 Manila International Auto Show which now carries the brand's distinct Kodo – Soul of Motion design philosophy along with a SkyActiv powertrain. Looking a bit more aggressive than the outgoing model, we take a look on how the 2015 Mazda2 hatchback measure up against other current hatches in the market, size-wise.

Table of measurements for the Mazda2 hatch size comparo

Based on the figures, the Mazda2 is currently the third longest hatchback in the market, just behind the Toyota Yaris and the Hyundai Accent hatch. In terms of width however, it is one of the narrowest ones in the market alongside the Honda Jazz and the Suzuki Swift. The 2015 Mazda2 does feature a decent height figure as it towers against such models like the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris.

Note: All dimensional figures were based off top-spec variants

2015 Mazda2

The 2015 Mazda2 Hatchback

2009-2015 Mazda2

The outgoing Mazda2 Hatchback

2012-present Chevrolet Sonic

The current Chevrolet Sonic hatchback

2010-present Ford Fiesta

The current Ford Fiesta hatchback

2014-present Honda Jazz

The current generation Honda Jazz

2011-present Hyundai Accent

The current Hyundai Accent hatchback

2012-present Kia Rio

The currently sold Kia Rio hatchback

2011-present Suzuki Swift

The current Suzuki Swift

2014-present Toyota Yaris

The current Toyota Yaris

Much like the sedan variant, the 2015 Mazda2 is powered by a 1.5-liter direct-injection SkyActiv-G inline-four that puts out 108 PS and 139 Nm of torque. Power is then delivered to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

2015 Mazda2 Sedan 1.5R SkyActiv 6AT PhP 925,000

2015 Mazda2 Sedan 1.5V SkyActiv 6AT PhP 865,000

2015 Mazda2 Hatch 1.5V SkyActiv 6AT PhP 855,000

2015 Mazda2 Sedan 1.5S SkyActiv 6AT PhP 795,000