Mazda Demio (aka Mazda2) is a 5-door 5-seater supermini (aka subcompact or B-segment in other markets) car manufactured by the Japanese car manufacturer Mazda. Now in its fourth generation, the Mazda Demio has won several accolades such as the 1997 Automotive Researchers and Journalists Conference Car of the Year in Japan won by the first-generation Demio, the 2008 World Car of the Year won by the third-generation Demio, and Japanese Car of the Year won by the fourth-generation Demio.
The first generation Mazda Demio was produced from 1996 to 2002, the second generation from 2002 to 2007, the third generation from 2007 to 2014 and the fourth generation from 2014 to 2020.
Interior and Exterior
First Generation Mazda Demio 2002 Model
The first generation Demio’s rear seat can slide backward or forward by 60mm enabling the alteration of luggage or legroom. It can also be folded 50/50 split or folded increasing the luggage room. These alterations alter the luggage space between 365 liters and 679 liters.
The cabin has an airy feeling and ease of access thanks to the Demio’s high ceiling. The rear-seat passengers enjoy a very good view which is due to the rear seat being 60mm higher than the front seats and a huge glass area.
On the outside, the Demio came with a rear spoiler, a bull-bar and roof rails.
Second Generation Mazda Demio 2003 Model
The second generation Demio came in three trim levels namely Cozy, Sport and Casual for the Japanese market, while in the European market they had the S, TS (aka Antares) and TS2 (aka Capella) trim levels. This generation’s Demio offered an adjustable steering wheel, roof rails, driver seat height adjustment, central locking, electric windows, and power mirrors.
Third Generation Mazda Demio 2008 Model
On the third generation, Mazda Demio’s body changed from a supermini to a hatchback. A three-door hatchback Demio was released on this generation for select markets. This model offered extra headroom, enough space in front and at the back. The third generation Demio has a 280-liter boot but if you fold down the rear seats, the boot space increases to 960 liters. The dash was well designed, the controls are circular with a large visible speedometer, the radio and CD player are installed into the dash and the gear lever is located on the dash which makes it easily accessible.
Fourth Generation Mazda Demio 2014 Model
The fourth generation comes with a USB port for its audio system. It features comfortable supportive seats, three-spoke steering wheel, storage trays and cup holders between the seats, plus plenty of room enough for four. When rear seats are folded, boot space increases to 787 liters.
Mechanics and Features
The first generation Demio was built on the Mazda D Platform (DW platform). Earlier versions came with only one engine option, the inline 4-cylinder 1.3-liter B3-ME engine that produces 63 KW (84 HP) at 6000 rpm and an average consumption of 5.7L/100KM. Later, Mazda introduced the inline 4-cylinder 1.5-liter B5-ME that produces 74 KW (99 HP) at 6000 rpm. These engines were attached to either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
The second generation Demio was built on the DY Platform (another D platform). In this generation, Mazda dropped the b-series engines and instead came with the z-series engines which are an evolution of the b-series. Mazda introduced the inline 4-cylinder 1.3-liter ZJ-VE that produces 67 KW (90HP) at 6000 rpm and an average consumption of 5.3L/100KM, and the 4-cylinder 1.5-liter ZY-VE that produces 83 KW (111 HP) and an average consumption of 7.1L/100KM. Mazda continued using a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic as from the previous generation. In this generation, Mazda introduced e-4WD whereby an electric motor was installed to power the rear wheels when needed to add traction.
The third generation Mazda Demio was built on another of the Mazda’s D platform, the DE platform. It’s a platform that employed lightweight materials and reduced the overall car dimension. Mazda added engine options on this generation, the 1.3-liter ZJ-VE and the 1.5-liter ZY-VE continued being used on this generation’s Demios, but also Mazda introduced the 1.5-liter turbo-diesel S5 SkyActiv-D engines that produced 77 KW(103 HP) at 4000 rpm and an average fuel consumption of 8.4L/100KM. This third generation Demios came with a 4-speed auto, 5-speed manual or CVT transmissions.
The fourth generation Demio was based on a varied Mazda CX-5 platform. In this generation, Mazda introduced some new technologies such as the i-STOP that turns the engine off when the car is stationary and the i-ELOOP (Intelligent Energy Loop) brake regenerating system that uses the braking to charge the capacitor for all car electronics (climate control and audio systems) and the surplus electricity is used to charge the starter battery. The Demio (Mazda2) was equipped with a 1.5-liter SkyActiv-G F-P5 petrol that produces 81 KW (108 HP) at 6000 rpm, the 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D S5-DPTS diesel that produces 77 KW (104 HP) at 4000 rpm and the 1.5-liter SkyActiv-Hybrid F-P5+ engines. These engines were coupled with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.
The first generation Demio had only the driver side airbag and there is no airbag for other passengers.
From the second generation, all Demios came with twin front airbags, antilock braking (ABS) system and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) as standard, and Stability Control as an option.
The third generation like the previous generation comes with two airbags (passenger and driver): the ABS & EBD while Stability Control is still optional.
The fourth generation features front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, traction control, EBC, EBD and brake assist.