The market for b-class city cars is ever growing as more and more people invest in affordable but unique cars. The market has a lot to offer with the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and the Toyota Versa making pretty good impressions. But in all of this growth, where do the Ford Fiesta and the Mazda 2 stand? How do they stand up against each other? Why should one opt for the Mazda 2 instead of the Ford Fiesta? We find out here.
Ford Fiesta review
The all season tired North American Ford Fiesta is built in Mexico and comes with a slightly better suspension than the European version of the same car, but that is just to compensate for the extra 120lbs the car holds in the North American version. The North American Ford Fiesta has extra safety features as well.
The tires are 16 inch softer sidewalls that make the Fiesta not as precise as the European version. Mind you it’s still a joy to ride and to put into turns, but the softer tires make it less accurate.
Ford likes to advertise the car as sporty one, but that isn’t completely true. The 5-speed manual transmission doesn’t nearly generate enough speed to be called a sports vehicle. For example, the car managed to reach from 0 to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, which is much slower than its competition i.e. the Toyota Yaris clocks in at 8.0 and its biggest competition the Mazda 2 clocks in 9.2 seconds, which is considerably faster. One thing the Fiesta has over its competition is its nimble and smooth drive. This lacks in all other major competitors.
The 6 speed power shift transmission is another iteration of the same car. Even with quick shifts, it still falls behind in sped as it reaches from 0-60mph in 9.9 seconds. Slower than both the base version and the Mazda 2, the base version is priced at $13,995 while the 5 door hatchback starts at $15,695.
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Mazda 2 review
The Mazda 2 definitely has a sportier exterior that encloses an interior that looks out of its range of affordable B-class cars; it’s more quality. The 5 seater definitely has more space but it isn’t as roomy as you’d expect, more room for kids and luggage, but that’s about it.
The engine rocks a 100bhp 1.5 liter inlin-4 that makes for a good smooth ride to a 6300 rpm. The Mazda 2 is quicker than the Ford Fiesta since it reaches from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 9.4 seconds. The lightweight of 2305lb helps it in this cause. The Mazda is definitely a nimble drive and light on its small 98 inch car base, but it still couldn’t be compared to the Ford Fiesta. The electric assist steering wheel however, makes up for it by providing a smooth experience because of its hydraulic system.
The Mazda 2 with manual transmission is definitely a better choice here. This is because of its stable transmission, its lightness and overall accuracy.