2016 Mazda2 1.5V+ SkyActiv-G 4-door

Mazda is certainly on a roll in the Philippines. The brand more known for rotary power is now also recognized for Kodo and SkyActiv (Mazda speak for their design language and powertrain tech). One of the brand's best-sellers include the Mazda3, CX-5 and this, the Mazda2.

Introduced in the Philippine market back in April 2015 during the Manila International Auto Show, the new-generation B-segment contender gets a more striking exterior, as well as a sportier cabin. All that is then topped by a new 1.5-liter engine that aims to deliver more power while consuming less fuel.

We already tested the 5-door mid-range variant of the Mazda2 last year. But now, we get our hands on the 4-door version which now come with several upgrades for 2016. Now called the V+, the B-segment sedan now packs new standard equipment both inside and outside. Will the new additions hurt its competitive price? Let's take a closer look.

Right off the bat, Mazda's Kodo design on the sedan gave the car a very sleek finish. It's not as aggressive as the hatchback, but think of the Mazda2 sedan as a smaller four-door version of the Mazda3. It stills sits on 15-inch alloy wheels but with a keen eye, one will notice that the V+ gets a subtle bodykit. The front bumper now has a chin spoiler while the side sills get black side skirts. Topping it all off are the new rear bumper and the mini trunklid spoiler. Read more...

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05 Jan 2017

By Marcus De Guzman