Long term report: Mazda2 #3


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Like being reunited with an old girlfriend...

After a lengthy stint out of the country I returned home to find my Mazda 2 privileges had been usurped by one of our journalists...
The result, a 'hot-desking' situation driving whatever was left in the yard for the rest of the month. Although it's never much of a chore, driving brand new cars (my own is just about to turn 16), I was surprised to find how much resentment I felt at losing the Mazda. Not only had it made my commute cheaper with its frugal sips from the diesel tank, but also, similar to Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory – 'That's my spot...'

Never was this highlighted more than when the keys were dangled in front of my nose for a 'one night only' return to the status quo.

Despite the sexier, faster ST being available, I jumped at the chance. Similar, I suppose, to getting back with an ex, everything was as remembered but subtly different. My settings had been changed and the ultimate slap in the proverbial face, my phone number longer connected automatically...

Nothing a few grumpy seconds of fiddling couldn't fix and once again the Madza was mine and perfect.

The knowledge:

Model: Mazda 2 1.5D SE-L Nav Price: £16,395
Engine: 1.5-litre turbodiesel Power: 104bhp
Max speed: 111mph
0-60mph: 10.1sec
Emissions: 89g/km
Mpg: 83.1 (combined)
Mileage this month: Nowhere near enough with me!
This month's highlight:
The car coming back to me, briefly!

Author: Jonathan Fleetwood
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