That’s a name which is guaranteed to tempt boy racers the world over. You can almost hear them sneering.
“So you’ve got a Volkswagen Polo? Well lucky you. I’ve got a Mazda2 GT Sport. It’s got a 1.5-litre engine with 115hp and it only weighs 1045kg. Goes like a bullet, so don’t try to keep up with me.”
At this stage Boy Racer puts his foot down and tears off to Halfords to buy some blue headlight bulbs.
Trouble is, though, as soon as he gets around the corner he slows down. Why? Because there’s something about the Mazda2 GT Sport that puts you off driving it quickly.
PHPRICE: Mazda2 GT Sport (on the road) costs £16,995
I’m still trying to work out what it was that made me drive around for a week as if I’d been placed into a medically induced coma.
Well it wasn’t the Mazda’s lack of speed because it had plenty, nor was it its handling because that was first class, too.
Could it have been its surprisingly smooth ride which was more like being in a limo than a sports car, especially on motorways? No way. That’s a bonus rather than a penalty.
Sorry, it was the sheer effort of making it go quickly.
To say that the Mazda2 GT Sport is a sparkling little car would be as likely as claiming that accountancy is exciting or politicians tell the truth.
Driving this car in any other way than dull is a mental impossibility. First thing that hits you about it is its total lack of go.
It may have 115hp but it’s only got 148Nm (109lb) of torque and as even that pathetic figure doesn’t kick in until it reaches 4,000rpm you’d have to be: a) incredibly patient waiting for it to hit that figure or b) drive around everywhere in second gear so at least you’d get an instant hit when you put your foot down.
There’s a good reason not to drive in second because that would destroy one of this little Mazda’s main attributes, its fuel efficiency.
PHENGINE: 1,496cc, all alloy, 16-valve, DOHC, direct injection (115hp, 148Nm/109lb torque)
Of course Mazda’s claim of it averaging 56mpg is as believable as a 2015 CO2 figure from Volkswagen, but at least I managed to get 41mpg, and believe me I wasn’t, at any stage, tempted to drive it quickly except just once in the whole week I had the car.
That was when my disbelief of Mazda’s startlingly quick 0-62mph time of 8.8s and 124mph top speed finally got the better of me so I took it to my local, er, “track” to test it out.
The figures are spot on, but the initial wheel spin and consequential shuddering and banging coming through the car makes it almost as painfully annoying as driving it quickly.
Why Mazda have actually bothered building a torque-free, non-turbo charged motor, then calling it the GT, defies sense. What they should have done is give it a proper engine or simply not bothered.
PHTOP SPEED: 169mph; 0-62mph: 5.8s
They could easily have called it something swish, because its overall ride, spaciousness and level of kit can’t be faulted, but it’s a GT in name only.
That’s why its insurance group is the same as a Jeep Patriot, which is bought by people who want the image, rather than the reality of actually daring to take it off road.
The Patriot, however, does live up to its badge by actually being a decent off-roader, the Mazda2 GT on the other hand, should be renamed the Mazda2 Extra Smooth, because that’s what it offers.
Nice ride, shame about the pace.
PHINS GROUP: Mazda2 GT Sport is in insurance group 20
IMAGE RATING - Mazda2 GT Sport.
REAR MIRROR MONSTER: Swept back and swish, with black edged lights and foggies and a deep front spoiler. Looks mean but it’s lying.
BACKSIDE BEAUTY: Extremely smart. Twofeet-long lights appear to shrink from front to back as they go from the sides into the tailgate.
PLAYTIME PLEASER: Sat nav, cruise control with speed limiter, climate control, trip computer, keyless entry and start, heated door mirrors, auto lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, leather seats with suede inserts, DAB CD-stereo with Bluetooth, twin USB, MP3 and aux connection.
TASTY TOUCHES: Boot extends to five feet with the rear seats folded down, but...
NAUGHTY NIGGLES: They don’t fold flat and leave a six-inch ledge in the middle.
FAST OR LAST: OK once you get it going but is very slow to respond to the throttle even at motorway speeds.
WONGA WONDER: Not cheap and really annoying, but it is well made and efficient.
WOULD CHANTELLE LIKE IT? Chantelle would try it out, then run away. She hasn’t the patience.
PHMPG: Urban: 43.5; extra urban: 68.9; combined: 56.5
Mazda2 GT Sport.
PRICE (on the road): £16,995. Range from £12,695.
ENGINE: 1,496cc, all alloy, 16-valve, DOHC, direct injection (115hp, 148Nm/109lb torque)
TOP SPEED: 169mph; 0-62mph: 5.8s.
MPG: Urban: 43.5; extra urban: 68.9; combined: 56.5.
CO2: 117g/km. £140 pa road tax. First year £160.
INS GROUP: 20.