2012 Mazda Verisa Review

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  • Mazda, Verisa
  • Petrol
  • 1,500 cm³

The Mazda Verisa is a true master of deception. Let not the small stature or passive demeanor fool you. Underneath the veneer of colorful paintwork lies a potent motor that outperforms its closest rivals. There’s a perfect balance between power and weight that creates a harmonious ride reminiscent of the Mini Cooper. The Mazda Verisa competes with the Nissan March, Toyota Passo, Suzuki Swift and the Mini Cooper.

  • Body Type: Hatchback
  • Extras: Smart Start
  • Safety Features: 3 Point ELR seatbelt, ABS, Curtain Airbags, Electronic Stability Control, SRS Airbags
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Fog Lights
  • Interior Features: 12V 120W Power Output, DVD/Navigation

Detailed Review

The Mazda Verisa is a 5-seater, sub-compact built on the DY platform that is shared with the Mazda Demio. It was in production for one generation that spanned eleven years from 2004 to 2015. It’s production ceased in 2015 when it was merged with the fourth generation Mazda Demio. The Verisa is sold in the Japanese Domestic Market and available for export in the second hand market.

The 2012 Mazda Verisa comes with a 1.5 Litre DOHC ZY-VE engine that is linked to a 4EC Automatic Transmission and available in both 2WD and 4WD. It employs an e-4WD which is a motor assisted four-wheel drive system developed by Hitachi for Mazda and Nissan.

2012 Mazda Verisa Grades

  1. Mazda Verisa C – This is the base grade that is available in both 2WD and 4WD, 14-Inch steel rims, a tailored black interior, CD/Radio player, Keyless entry, Key start, Manual AC, and halogen headlights
  2. Mazda Verisa L – This is the luxury grade that is available in both 2WD and 4WD, 15-Inch alloy rims, a multi-colored interior, DVD/Navigation player, Smart entry, Smart start, Automatic AC, Fog lights and Xenon headlights

Interior
Legroom & Space
Being a subcompact car, we did not expect the Verisa to break any ground here and it stayed true to form. At the first row, the legroom is tolerable for both driver and passenger. For the second row, the space is okay with two adult passengers but above that, it gets tight.

Cabin Storage
There are several storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. At the first row there are 2 cup-holders, door panel storage , a storage shelf below the dashboard and a glovebox. For the second row, there’s storage on the front seat jacket pockets and door pockets.

2012 Mazda Verisa Boot Space
The boot space is good enough to carry a large suitcase with space to spare for groceries. When extra space is required, the second row seats can be folded in a split configuration.

Other Extras: Steering Audio Controls, Alloy Rims, Fog Lights,

Safety Features: SRS Airbags, Curtain airbags, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, 3 Point ELR seatbelt

Exterior
The exterior presents a conservative look that betrays a feeble attempt to channel the Mini Cooper but somehow, it misses the point. It’s redemption is in the higher graded Verisa L that presents a more respectable look thanks to the multi-spoke alloy rims and fog lights.

 

2012 Mazda Verisa Fuel Consumption
2012 Mazda Verisa 1.5L fuel consumption: 18.4 km/L

2012 Mazda Verisa Acceleration
2012 Mazda Verisa 1.5L petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.6 sec.

2012 Mazda Verisa Fuel Tank Capacity: 45 Litres

2012 Mazda Verisa Ground Clearance
The 2012 Mazda Atenza has a ground clearance of 6.1 Inches(155mm) which is slightly below the minimum recommended clearance of 6.5 Inches for Kenyan roads. It may be necessary to modify the ground clearance to adjust the car to Kenyan roads. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

2012 Mazda Verisa Stability and Handling
For a sub-compact car, the Mazda Verisa drives extremely well and it feels surefooted even around corners. We drove at a respectable speed of 120km/h on the high and the car was as solid as a tank. There was a bit of road noise coming through but not so much as to strain a conversation.

Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 10,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Service parts are very affordable and widely available in Kenya. Body parts are fairly priced and available in Nairobi. Most spare shops in Industrial Area and Kirinyaga Road stock these parts. You can get listings for these shops in this link

2012 Mazda Verisa Reliability
The driving conditions in Kenya are significantly different from those in Japan and Europe. Reliability reviews done for those markets largely do not apply to the Kenyan market. There are differences in roads, fuel, climate, spares, and technical expertise. To give you accurate and reliable local insights, we interview experts such as mechanics and car dealers, who have in-depth knowledge of the Kenyan market. We also test the cars ourselves. Our aim is to give you the right information to enable you make an informed decision when buying a car.

The 2WD Mazda Verisa is bulletproof and we couldn’t find fault with it. The e-4WD model is somewhat complex and requires extra care but overall it’s reliable. We always advise that you thoroughly read the Owner’s Manual as it contains vital information on how the car should be maintained. To download the 2012 Mazda Verisa Owner’s Manual, click here.

Resale Value: Good

Mazda Verisa Competitors: Nissan March, Toyota Passo, Suzuki Swift and the Mini Cooper

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: from Ksh.650,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 26,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 20,000/- for 4 Tyres
NB: figures as at February 2019

What we like about the 2012 Mazda Verisa
1. Excellent power delivery
2. Functional interior
3. Good fuel economy

What we don’t
Cheap rims on the lower grade

Conclusion
If you are in the market for a sub-compact car, then the Mazda Verisa should definitely be on your radar. The 1.5L engine is perfectly with the weight of car which translates to an effortless and enjoyable ride.

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