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Mazda 2 Maxx 2017 review: snapshot

2017 Mazda2 Maxx Hatch
EXPERT RATING
7.5
Stepping up from the Neo is the Maxx, starting at $17,690 for the manual and $19,690 for the auto, a leap of $2700.

Stepping up from the Neo is the Maxx, starting at $17,690 for the manual and $19,690 for the auto, a leap of $2700.

For the extra outlay, you'll get 15-inch steel wheels, power windows and mirrors, cloth trim, air-conditioning, cruise control, leather on the gearshifter, handbrake and steering wheel, plus keyless start, reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

The six-speaker stereo has DAB+, Bluetooth, USB and 7.0-inch touchscreen with Mazda's rather good 'MZD Connect' software. There's no CarPlay or Android Auto but you can use Pandora, Stitcher and Aha apps on your phone. Sat nav is available as an option.

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The Maxx sports six airbags, ABS and traction and stability controls, forward auto emergency braking (AEB) and Mazda's G-Vectoring technology, with rear AEB thrown in.

The 2 scored five ANCAP stars in September 2015, the highest available.

Mazda's plucky 1.5-litre petrol four develops 81kW/141Nm and has Mazda's i-Stop stop-start system. The official figures don't reflect any difference over the Neo, with the manual returning 5.2L/100km and the auto 4.9L/100km.

The Maxx is the pick of the 2 range, with a good balance between price and specifications. Australians agree, with the Maxx selling nearly as many units as the entry level Neo. With a few extra luxuries and gadgets, essential safety gear and the 7.0-inch MZD Connect screen, it's a canny buy if you don't have to keep a super-tight rein on the budget.

Pricing guides

$18,919
Based on 103 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$13,990
Highest Price
$21,999

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Genki 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $11,600 – 17,050 2017 Mazda 2 2017 Genki Pricing and Specs
GT 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,100 – 16,280 2017 Mazda 2 2017 GT Pricing and Specs
Maxx 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $9,300 – 14,080 2017 Mazda 2 2017 Maxx Pricing and Specs
Neo 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $9,900 – 14,960 2017 Mazda 2 2017 Neo Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.5
Peter Anderson
Contributing journalist

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Pricing Guide

$13,990

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