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When it comes to superminis, the war continues to rage on with dozens of models available - just like the new Mazda2 and the Nissan Note.

26 Mar 2015

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The best superminis offer more than just cheap running costs, small dimensions and stylish looks. The latest crop - including the new Mazda2 and the Nissan Note - also boast more advanced engines and improved practicality, wrapped up in a fun-to-drive package that makes them easy to manoeuvre around town.

Mazda previewed the new Mazda2 via its Hazumi Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and debuted the production version this year.

On the other hand, the Nissan Note was introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as the Invitation Concept and the production model was subsequently launched a few months later.

The Mazda2 (left) has a more aggressive front fascia than the Note (right)

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In the styling department, the Mazda2 is definitely more appealing, with its funky sheet metal inspired by the signature 'KODO: Soul of Motion' design language.

It is amazing how Mazda's designers have made the Mazda2 carry off its own unique look despite sharing many design cues with its bigger brethrens like the Mazda3 and Mazda6.


Beautifully sculpted lines flow from the pair of 'Eye of a Beast' headlamps and along the sides - providing ample aggression and a perfect fit for the term 'Soul of Motion'.

Nissan, however, has opted for a slightly more subtle and safer approach. Providing visual power is a unique mesh grille, the swept-back head lights as well as standard sporty-looking full body kit.

Nevertheless, the Note has a slightly greater road presence thanks to its size. Measuring 4,100mm x 1,695mm x 1,525mm (L x W x H), the Note is 40mm longer, 2mm narrower and 30mm taller than its rival in this comparison.

The design of the 15-inch wheels on the Note (right) is more pleasing to the eye



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Car Information

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Price

: $92,800

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC SKYACTIV-G

Engine Cap

:

1496cc

Horsepower

:

85kW (114 bhp)

Torque

:

148 Nm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A) with manual shift

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

10sec

Top Speed

:

184km/h

Fuel consumption

:

19.6 km/L

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Price

: -

Engine Type

:

3-cylinder in-line CVTC Supercharged

Engine Cap

:

1198cc

Horsepower

:

72kW (97 bhp) / 5600 rpm

Torque

:

142 Nm / 4400 rpm

Transmission

:

Xtronic CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

-

Top Speed

:

-

Fuel consumption

:

19.6 km/L

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