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Mazda2 Neo (2012)

by Barry Green,reviewed February 2012

The Mazda2 has long been one of the more enjoyable light cars to drive, thanks to zippy performance from its 76 kW, 6 Nm petrol engine and nimble handling, along with good levels of comfort and space.
This continues with the current model. A six-speed auto, instead of the existing four-speed optional unit, would serve Neo better. Neo is not as well equipped as some other base models in its class.

For a start, there’s no bluetooth phone or audio streaming, steering wheel reach adjustment and only a temporary spare wheel. But what it now has (since October 2011) are dual side and curtain airbags, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls as standard.
Mazda 2 Neo 2012


Zippy drive, handling


Extra airbags optional

Key features

Airconditioning, single CD with auxiliary input (MP3 compatible), immobiliser, power mirrors/windows, remote central locking, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, ESC, TCS, EBD, EBA

Car Details

Vehicle make Mazda
Vehicle model 2 Neo
Vehicle type Light Under $20,000
Year 2012
Price when new $17,440 (auto) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.