With its chunky reach- and rake- adjustable steering wheel, perfectly positioned pedals, supportive front seats and deep-set instrument panel, the spacious and generously appointed cabin of the Mazda2 reflects its athletic external lines and is a lesson in driver-prioritised ergonomics.
This driving focus starts with the doors - the height and shape of the door openings have been optimised to ease entry and exit from the Mazda2, in even the tightest of parking spaces. Along with the centrally positioned steering wheel and pedal layout, the driver’s seat offers a generous 260mm of movement, while the steering wheel boasts 50mm of telescopic range and 50mm of rake adjustment.
The instrument and control layout is new – the compact cowled binnacle ahead of the driver features a new winged instrument panel that contains vital driving data. On selected models a dash-mounted 7-inch Colour touch-screen display* combined with rotary Multimedia Commander* is available, delivering an enhanced human-machine interface (HMI) offering extremely safe, intuitive interactivity and infotainment control.
This driver-centric cabin design is further underscored in the GT Sport Nav+ by the colour Active Driving Display, which uses a clear panel mounted on top of the dash above the instrument cluster to project key driving information in to the driver’s line of sight. The system, which adjusts automatically to ambient light, projects the information around 1.5m ahead of the driver’s eye point, the distance optimised to minimise focal adjustment and eye movement.
The ADD projects key driving information such as speed, turn-by-turn navigation and vehicle warnings into the driver’s line of sight. No more than three items – including road speed, turn-by turn navigation and safety warnings – are displayed at any given time, prioritised with the most important piece of information at the top, to enhance levels of driver information. For example, an urgent active safety warning will immediately displace whatever information is uppermost, only reverting back once the danger has been satisfactorily addressed.
Visibility levels have been improved over the last-generation model by the repositioning of the A-pillars and the wing mirrors, creating a wider field of vision.
The combination of longer 80mm wheelbase, orthopedically-designed new seats with thinner backs and headrests, a compact instrument binnacle and slimmer centre console has resulted in 12mm of additional front shoulder room, 20mm of additional space between the driver and front passenger, and 19mm of additional knee clearance for rear passengers, compared to the outgoing model.
Boot space has also increased by 30-litres to 280-litres, which in turn increases 950-litres with the 60:40 split rear seats folded down (not available on SE models). The regular shape of the boot means it can now swallow a large 72cm suitcase or standard-sized baby buggy with rear seats in place or a pair of golf bags with the seats folded. The tailgate opening is now 52mm wider at its base than before, and the ease with which the tailgate can be opened or closed has been optimised.