For some years Mazda has become a symbol of reliability and durability. Mazda cars are highly rated by their users but have also been rated highly by professional car reviewers as one of the most reliable vehicles on the market. Mazda is a great choice for buyers who want a practical and affordable car with great looks that handles well, and is reliable at the same time. Mazda cars are safe; with a range of driver safety technologies and safety assist features that are designed to offer the driver, passengers, and other road users the highest level of safety.
Below we review some of the most popular Mazda models in BE FORWARD to shed some light on their qualities.
The Mazda Demio/2 is a spacious five-door hatchback that handles well and looks good.
The Demio has comfortable and supportive seats with a surprising amount of interior space with both the front and rear passengers getting enough head and legroom, unless you are over six feet tall then the rear seat won’t be great for long journeys.
The dashboard is very neat, featuring circular controls and a large and easy-to-read speedometer. The Demio comes with an AM/FM radio with a CD player built into the dash.
The latest (2014 – present) Demio comes fitted with naturally-aspirated 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter engines paired with 6-speed automatic, CVT, or 6-speed manual transmission offering great performance and decent fuel economy.
Active safety features of the Demio include AEB, ABS, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.
Mazda Axela Sport
The Mazda Axela/3 is a stylish five-door five-seat hatchback (also available as a sedan).
The dash is simple with an LCD display atop the center. The gauges are well laid out with a big round analog speedometer at the center and a small digital tachometer to its left and a similar digital information screen to its right. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats are pleasant and smooth. The center console has user-friendly infotainment controls within reach, with some of the controls also found on the steering wheel.
The front seats offer enough headroom and legroom, while the rear seats have limited legroom, especially for 6 feet tall and above passengers.
The Axela comes fitted with a choice of 1.5-liter (2.0-liter) petrol with average fuel consumption of 18 KM/L, a 1.5-liter diesel with average fuel consumption of 26 KM/L, and a 2.2-liter diesel with average fuel consumption of 20 KM/L. These engines were attached to a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission.
The Axela comes fitted with Mazda’s i-ActivSense which features ABS, Smart City brake support, Stability control, 7 airbags, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring
The Verisa is a 5-door 5-seater subcompact car with a well-finished interior and exterior.
The dash of the Verisa is neat and it features an instrument panel with two round mid-sized analog meters for the speedometer (KPH) and the tachometer (RPM), and the fuel gauge and coolant temperature gauge on either side. The three-spoke steering wheel is leather-wrapped and also features some audio control buttons. The uncluttered center console features an AM/FM radio and a CD player, with the standard Mazda three-knob climate control knobs underneath it.
The Verisa offers storage in the form of a glove box, cup holders, door pockets, and front-seat jacket pockets. The Verisa has a decent 335-liter boot with rear seats in place and 1175-liters with rear seats folded flat.
The Verisa comes fitted with an 113HP 1.5 liters ZY-VE petrol engine, which provides good dynamics and average fuel consumption of 14 KM/L. This engine is mated to a 4-speed automatic, with e-4WD as an option.
Safety features of the Verisa include large front ventilated disc brakes, ABS, AEB, Airbags, and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
Mazda Bongo Van
The Mazda Bongo Van is a 2/5-seat 5-door microbus commonly used for carrying small cargo in urban environments. The Bongo is made with simplicity in mind to keep prices at a minimum.
The Bongo’s dash is very simple, featuring basic things like a simple AM/FM radio, a clock hazard button, and air vents. The instrument panel consists of a large easy to read analog speedometer with small gauges for fuel and coolant temperature to its right. At the center of the speedometer, you find a small digital display for the trip meter/odometer. The Bongo has a simple two-spoke steering wheel with a column shift.
The seats are basic, offering the basic support and comfort for daily short commutes; they offer enough legroom and headroom, although tall drivers/passengers may feel a bit squeezed. At the rear, some Bongo’s come with a bench for three, and some don’t. The cargo area is very large with a capacity of 1200 kg.
The Bongo comes fitted with a choice of two 1.8-liter petrol engines mated with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Mazda CX-5 is an excellent and affordable compact SUV with a sleek design and enthralling driving dynamics.
The piano black dash is decent, it features a 7-inch infotainment screen and an instrument panel with two small and one large round meters for the tachometer, speedometer, and coolant temperature and fuel gauges. The leather-wrapped steering wheel has several control buttons for audio, Bluetooth phone connection, and cruise control. The CX-5 also comes with a sharp informative head-up display (HUD) which is very useful.
The CX-5 seats are comfortable and supportive with the front passenger having enough headroom and legroom, while the rear passengers don’t get as much legroom but there is enough legroom as well and plenty of headroom.
The storage sections available on the CX-5 include a glove box, cup holders, door pockets with bottle holders, and front-seat jacket pockets. The boot space is 875-liters with seats in place and 1687-liters with seats folded.
The CX-5 comes fitted with 156 HP 2.0-liter, 187 HP 2.5-liter, turbocharged 250 HP 2.5-liter, and the turbocharged 173 HP 2.2-liter diesel engines. These engines have an average fuel consumption of 12 KM/L, 10.2 KM/L, 11.6 KM/L, and 22 KM/L respectively. These engines are mated with a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission with 2WD & 4WD options.
From this review, we can agree that Mazda engineers are true perfectionists as they always work very hard to come close to the perfect cars. Mazdas are marvelous cars with great fuel efficiency, good acceleration, and intelligent technologies.
Most prospective car buyers dream of buying a vehicle with great performance, an unforgettable driving experience, low repair rates, and great fuel efficiency. If that is the case, then look no further and go for Mazda. Please visit BE FORWARD to choose your Mazda from our long list.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya