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The Mazda2 Sedan and the Toyota Vios have been two of the most popular compact sedans available in its segment. Thus, making a good buying decision between these two is indeed a tough one.

26 Oct 2010

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With the current COE prices, competition has been more intense than ever amongst the Japanese car brands. Suzuki, Nissan, Toyota and even Mazda have worked hard to develop potential cars that can put even luxurious cars to shame.

Suzuki and Nissan have the Kizashi and the Qashqai respectively while Toyota has the all-new Altis. As for Mazda, a brand new smiling face can be seen on most of its models and that alone has brought the brand up, nearly toppling some big continental models.

Reviews have been done to most of these cars but when it comes down to making a choice of buying one, we have decided to bring it up to the next level.

The Toyota Vios 1.5E as well as the Mazda2 Sedan have recently caught our eyes. From a dull-looking kid to a handsome young man, the Vios' outlook and spaciousness have been given thumbs up by many, let alone its practicality.

But with Mazda being a rising star in the small sedan segment, the zoom-zoom has caught the attention of many with its models. Mazda might have captured the eyes of the people with its Mazda2 Sport, but it has certainly won many hearts with the sedan.

Exterior

Styling wise, we personally feel that Toyota has put in a lot of effort and thought into facelifting its baby. As a result, Vios has undergone some refreshing aesthetic changes that are sure to keep it from looking outdated.

While most of the facelift will at least have a new bumper design, Toyota Vios facelift retains the same bumper. However, a new radiator grille, which features bolder lines, fixed to the facelifted Vios is easily noticeable. The new design is said to give the car a more sporty appearance. However, we think that it's more of an "elegance" theme as it reminds us of the Camry styled front grille.

The front bumper and the fog lamps take on a more angular appearance, giving the Vios a more manly presence on the road. The opposite end, meanwhile, features fresh-looking rear combination lamps, which while nothing groundbreaking, still serve to give this car a breath of fresh air.

On the other hand, the Mazda2 Sedan isn't as aggressive as we would like it to be. Although it follows the curves of its brawny siblings like the Mazda3 and Mazda6, the smaller one is more sexy and humble.

The headlamps have been stretched cat-eyed wide while distinctive fog lamps broadcast a sense of stability and inspire confidence. With Mazda's now well-known front fascia, Mazda2 appears to be all smiles and that's the one thing that differentiates itself from its pack.

From the outside, one can clearly see that the Mazda2 Sedan is unlike any other sedans currently being offered in its class - its sweeping, strong design lines and dynamic shape set it apart from the dull competitors. Although the rear part is too high which gives its side profile a rather weird look, Mazda has created a unique and sexy design.
Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

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Engine Type

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4-cylinders in-line 16-valves DOHC

Engine Cap

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1498cc

Horsepower

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77kW (103 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

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135 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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-

Top Speed

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-

Fuel consumption

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14.7km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders in-line 16-valve DOHC VVT-i

Engine Cap

:

1497cc

Horsepower

:

81kW (109 bhp)

Torque

:

141 Nm

Transmission

:

4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

-

Top Speed

:

-

Fuel consumption

:

15.1km/L

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