This latest version of the Mazda2 incorporates the manufacturer’s KODO: Soul of Motion design to refresh its styling and attract new buyers. It has seen the body become more dynamic and eye-catching, with the highlights and muscular shape of the bonnet resulting in a assertive road presence. There are noteworthy details on every side, such as the narrow halogen headlamps, daytime running lights and rear roof spoiler.
This elegant compact car is full of surprises as you’ll realise when you open any of the five doors. The cabin boasts more space than you may expect as Mazda has thought about every inch when crafting the interior. This environment is also practical as the SE-L model and above includes 60/40 split rear seats. Durable black cloth seat trims matches the dark, soft-touch dashboard and doors in the entry-level model, and further up the range you can add Light Stone leather seats for heightened luxury.
Choosing the Mazda2 means accessing a wide selection of latest-generation Mazda technology. This includes its MZD-Connect infotainment system which brings together a number of engaging functions. Internet app integration is possible, and you can enjoy your own choice of music with iPod® connectivity. Integrated Bluetooth® is another notable function as it enables you to receive calls when on the move without lifting a finger. Control of the MZD-Connect system – where fitted – is simple and safe using the intuitive Multimedia Commander.
Engines and performance
Sprightly engines combine with a balanced chassis and rigid body for performance to be savoured. The quickest engine in the line-up is the 1.5 115PS SKYACTIV-G petrol which couples with manual transmission to hit 62mph from standing in 8.7 seconds. If your main priority is fuel efficiency the 1.5 105PS SKYACTIV-D diesel is sure to satisfy as it returns as much as 83.1mpg combined when married up with a manual gearbox. Contributing to the car’s impressive efficiency is more cutting-edge Mazda technology, specifically the i-stop system. It turns the engine off when you stop in traffic and switches it back on automatically when you pull away, limiting fuel wastage.
Journeys are safe as well as satisfying in the Mazda2 as it is equipped with a variety of the brand’s latest protective features. The Emergency Stop Signalling System flashes your hazard lights when you brake hard to help prevent a rear collision. In any other testing situation Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with the Traction Control System (TCS) work automatically to maximise the car’s traction and minimise a potentially hazardous skid. If you are ever involved in a collision, dual front and side airbags plus curtain airbags protect from every angle.