Almost clone of the Yaris Hybrid
First Mazda-badged hybrid city car
The most powerful Japanese manufacturer, even global due to its colossal financial resources, Toyota establishes agreements with its competitors, to whom it supplies vehicles. Suzuki, for example, which owes him the Swace (a Corolla), or even Mazda, which thanks to him was able to add a hybrid city car to its range. In fact, his 2 Hybrid is nothing more than a rebadged Yaris Hybrid, with a few minor details, making it the only Mazda made in France!
Technically, it is no different from the successful city car produced in Onnaing. On the program, TNGA platform, McPherson strut front axle, torsion rear axle, coil spring suspension, all very classic, which Mazda did not see fit to modify. Under the hood, the three-cylinder 1.5 l Atkinson cycle and indirect injection (91 hp) does not change either, as does its alternator-starter and the large permanent magnet synchronous electric machine, which provides 80 hp.
Combined with a continuously variable transmission using epicyclic gear trains, this engine still develops a maximum cumulative total of 116 hp, for an average fuel consumption of 3.8 l/100 km (87 g/km CO2). Weight of 1,180 kg, maximum speed of 175 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h in 10.3 s, nothing changes compared to the Toyota on that side either, as expected.
Externally, apart from the Mazda logos, nothing distinguishes the 2 from the Yaris, and the same goes for the interior. We found the Toyota universe quite nice and well thought out, with some minor equipment details. Very decent workmanship, plenty of storage space, very average roominess at the rear, trunk not so spacious, nothing has changed. Pure “plate engineering”, which does not seem good to us.
Our top-of-the-range Select version benefits from very rich equipment (head-up display, dual-zone automatic climate control, sports upholstery with mixed imitation leather/fabric upholstery), very similar to that of the Yaris in the Iconic finish. The fully digital instrumentation is always well thought out, as is the driving position. The Mazda wakes up and initially takes off in electric mode. Around town, its engine/gearbox unit turns out to be quite smooth, which would be even more noticeable with a slightly less clunky three-cylinder. Nonetheless, the car is lively and easy to drive, thanks also to the light steering, but like the Toyota, it suffers from imperfect visibility. The interior mirror, which is too low, obstructs the front right view, and the rear pillars that are too thick prevent, for example, seeing a cyclist preparing to overtake you on the right, between the car and the pavement (prohibited manoeuvre). , remember) , when instructed to turn right…
very good mechanics
On the road, the Mazda behaves exactly like the Yaris. It provides good performance as long as one refrains from brutally stomping on the throttle. Because although the slipping sensation induced by the continuous gearbox has been greatly reduced, it is still a bit present, with that tendency to make the engine screech in these conditions. Thus, we modulate the gases, and we move just as fast while enjoying more of the progressiveness of the box. At constant speed, the soundproofing is quite convincing and contributes to driving serenity. With a detail: the heat engine regularly turns off when you lift your foot, then wakes up, several times in a row. It saves fuel, but induces a rather annoying sound inhomogeneity. A flaw that had not challenged me during my Yaris test in Belgium, but the routes were certainly not the same.
The chassis is just as alert. The cushioning initially appears dry, but this characteristic fades with increasing speed and induces very good body support. The Mazda therefore turns flat, offers excellent response, despite a slightly light steering for my taste, and above all it holds extremely well on the road thanks to its very stiff platform and rigorous running gear. A beautiful dynamic approval therefore.
On the road, the 2 Hybrid retains these qualities, but there, the filtration of rolling noise seems insufficient. On the climbs, the 3-cylinder recalls our mixed memories for its sound, but we will never question its punch and the excellent times it allows with the help of the electric block. Note that the driving aids (active cruise control, centered on the line) work without problems.
In mixed city/highway use, including 4 lanes at 110 km/h, consumption stands at 3.8 l/100 km, fully in line with what was announced by the manufacturer. On the other hand, on a strictly highway journey, at 130 km/h, we will rather have 6 l/100 km. This is still reasonable, but in this context a small diesel will prove to be much more frugal. In total, the Mazda will have claimed 4.8 l/100 km.
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