Mazda Demio DY – Second Generation (2002-2007): Since Mazda Motors‘ established in the year 1920, Mazda Motor Corporation has built its reputation by producing great-looking, stylish, and powerful cars from Japan. Some of its most powerful names include the Mazda Atenza Sport and the Mazda Axela, respectively a performance car and compact family wagon/sedan cars from Japan that not only look great but are reliable as well.

In the hatchback market, the main flagship has been the good-looking Mazda Demio. Mazda Demio Japanese cars are also known as the Mazda2, which is the perfect combination of small size, agility, and power. With so many similarities, choosing which one to buy can be a challenge. Here’s a side-by-side comparison to help you make your decision.

The Mazda Demio cars from Japan redesigned in the year 2002 on the DY platform. The Mazda Demio name continued in Japan, while the rest of the world dropped 121 and other names in favor of Mazda2. Since its debut, the Mazda 2 has been well received by the market, pushing its Japanese domestic sale to as high as 7th place.

All the Mazda Demio cars come with ABS and EBD, and the stability control feature is optional. An innovative feature offered in Japan is the e-4WD, a hybrid car-type system that uses an electric motor to power the rear wheels of this front-wheel-drive vehicle when needed. In the Mazda Demio, this system is used only as a traction aid, not for increased fuel economy as in most other vehicles.

Second Generation Mazda Demio

Mazda Demio cars of second-generation (DY-series) belong to the subcompact/supermini class. Represents the “B-Segment (small cars, city cars)” market. The car from Japan was offered with five-door hatchback body shapes between the years 2002 and 2007. A major change (“facelift”) during a model run occurred in 2005.

Mazda Demio Cars from Japan were equipped with a range of engines of 1349 – 1498 cc (82.2 – 91.5 cui) displacement, delivering 67 – 83 kW (91 – 113 PS, 90 – 111 hp) of power. Mazda Demio 2nd generation (DY-series) is constructionally closely related also to Ford Fiesta Europe 5 generation, Ford Fiesta Brazil 5 generation, Mazda 2 1 generation. Beginning with the 2002 second-generation Mazda Demio, export models received “Mazda2” badging.

The 2nd Generation Mazda Demio is nice looking, affordable, reliable, and easy to maintain. The Mazda Demio cars from Japan built for light urban family movement, but can also take on long-distance travel without a hitch. 

Mazda Demio 2nd Generation: Exterior

One thing that sets the second-generation Mazda Demio cars apart, if you buy the earlier hatchback model or estate versions, is its slightly wagon-like appearance. If the chassis were a little longer, it would look like a small minivan vehicle. The boxy body car shape gives the Demio car a lot of room and so it can seat 5 adults comfortably.

The greatest thing about it is it’s a small, five-door, five-seater family vehicle. You will love the balance that Mazda has put between the interior space and the compact size. The second generation also includes the Mazda Demio sedan car, which is eye-popping in both design and style.

Mazda Demio 2nd Generation: Interior

The wagon-like appearance of the second generation Mazda Demio also enhances the interior space. There is sufficient cabin storage space in the door pockets, cup holder, and glove compartment and in the center. There is space for storing coins and other items. The earlier versions of the Demio have large boot space which is expandable by folding down the second-row seats.

Mazda Demio 2nd Generation: Engine and Fuel Economy

The Mazda Demio has impressive fuel efficiency. The fuel consumption of the 1.3 Series FF is approximately 19.2 km/L while the 1.5 Series FF has been estimated at 18.2 km/L. Through various power train tweaks, the Mazda Motors company was able to reduce the fuel consumption of the car.

In the design, the gear ratio in the transmission was overhauled to achieve a better balance between performance and fuel efficiency. This car from Japan is able to recover some of its energy with the help of an electrical discharge control system.

The Mazda2 is sold with a variety of Z-family engines:

Mazda Demio:

1: 1.3 L ZJ-VE I4 91 PS (67 kW; 90 hp) at 6000 rpm, 12.6 kg⋅m (124 N⋅m; 91 lb⋅ft) at 3500 rpm
2: 1.5 L ZY-VE I4 113 PS (83 kW; 111 hp) at 6000 rpm, 14.3 kg⋅m (140 N⋅m; 103 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm


1: 1.25 L MZI I4 C2 70 PS (51 kW; 69 hp) at 5700 rpm, 110 N⋅m (81 lbf⋅ft) at 3500 rpm
2: 1.4 L MZI I4 C4 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) at 5700 rpm, 124 N⋅m (91 lbf⋅ft) at 3500 rpm
3: 1.5 L ZY-VE I4 113 PS (83 kW; 111 hp) at 6000 rpm, 14.3 kg⋅m (140 N⋅m; 103 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm
4: 1.6 L MZI I4 C6 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 6000 rpm, 146 N⋅m (108 lbf⋅ft) at 4000 rpm
5: 1.4 L MZ-CDTi Diesel I4 68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) at 4000 rpm, 160 N⋅m (120 lbf⋅ft) at 2000 rpm

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