Not all of us will use the new Mazda 2 to power our night time roller blading or street art creations so for those of us leading a normal life what better way to put this super-mini to the test than some cruising.
The city, vibrant and exciting by day, adopts a second identity when the sun goes down – one that’s energetic but calm, dark but vibrant, smouldering and enigmatic but incredibly welcoming at the same time.
And while there’s a lot to be said for a drive through some of Dublin’s hipster hotspots at night, through the urban art of Smithfield or the unrelenting bustle of the Camden Quarter, sometimes the best way to catch the essence of the city is to leave it altogether – and ascend to the foothills of the Dublin mountains to catch the silent, glimmering lights from afar.
I recently took a spin in the all-new Mazda 2 – the new super-mini of the Mazda’s 6th generation latest range, which is perfect for city dwellers who want something that can get them out of the centre as well. I was drawn to the GT version - and some of the technology that is featured in this car is pretty special.
Driving is pleasure in pursuit of pleasure, and I can’t think of a better definition than a spin through Dublin’s country roads at sunset, to gaze at the city’s lights when darkness befalls our fantastic city. And here’s what makes it so special, whether inside the city or out:
1. LED Headlights
Driving at night can take all your concentration – particularly in the city itself, where the street lights are a little less luminous. To test out these striking LED Headlights, try one of the drives around Killiney and Dalkey, or up to Sandyford.
With the winding dark roads, you’ll be glad of the clarity these lights give you. Park up at the top of Killiney Hill or Three Rock, then gaze out to see Dublin Bay’s luminescence in all its glory.
2. Skyactiv Technology
In short this is to do driving fun with no compromise on with fuel economy and safety. The engine and transmission is optimised for this light and strong body, which gives you a big-car feel in a super-mini class of car.
The best place to put these to the test is to take a run out to Sandyford, and take in the glorious scenery. The built in navigation system will help you find your way.
3. Entertainment system
MZD Connect shows off the latest in in-car tech. The 7” touchscreen display allows for easy connectivity to Facebook and Twitter but also handsfree phone calls and internet radio stations.
The best way to show this off is to crank up the tunes and go cruising. The best strip we have in Dublin is from Camden Street to Dame Street – and if you go on a weekend night you are assured an average speed of 5km/h allowing everyone to hear your vibes. A perfect opportunity to show off your sporty two tone alloys and stunning soul red paint job!