All-new Mazda 2 supermini gets the brand's SkyActiv series of technologies, as well as styling inspired by the Hazumi concept
17 July 2014

The Mazda 2 will be priced from £11,995 when it goes on sale early next year.

The Ford Fiesta rival is the fourth Mazda to fall under its well received SkyActiv technology banner and Kodo design language, after the CX-5, 6 and 3. Japan will get the car first from the autumn, with production due to start soon at the firm’s plant in Hofu, near Hiroshima.

The supermini segment is still Europe’s largest, and Mazda is pitching the new 2’s “performance, fuel economy, safety and driving fun” as a “winning combination”. Insiders have previously said it would be lighter, more agile and more frugal than the current 2.

Buyers have a choice of a 16-strong model line-up, which are powered by Mazda's latest range of EU6-compliant SkyActiv engines. Three 1.5-litre petrol units are offered, in 74bhp, 89bhp and 113bhp form. The most economical of those is the 89bhp version, with average fuel consumption of 62.8mpg while emitting 105g/km of CO2.

The 103bhp 1.5-litre diesel variant is the most efficient motor in the entire range; combined fuel economy is reputed to be 83.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 89g/km.

The new 2 uses a new chassis and body built to the firm’s SkyActiv technology principles of being lightweight and rigid. The base model weighs in at 1045kg, with the heaviest model, the diesel, clocking in at 1115kg.

Its underpinnings are understood to be a new SkyActiv structure that's smaller than that seen in the Mazda 3 and larger models. The downsized platform also features a lower-cost twist-beam rear axle, instead of the Mazda 3's multi-link rear.

Economies of scale for the new platform are achieved by the 2 being a global model, and one that will be twined with and built alongside a new Toyota supermini in markets such as North America. 

The design of the new 2 has clearly been influenced by the well received Hazumi concept, which made its debut at the Geneva motor show in March. The look is evolved from that of the CX-5, 6 and 3, and also the Hazumi.

Indeed, apart from new headlights, wheels, door mirrors and door handles, the Hazumi was the new 2.

The exterior styling of the car is reputed to have been a collaborative effort, led by Japan with input from Germany and California.

The new car measures 4060mm long by 1695mm wide, with a height of 1495mm. That makes its dimensions close to that of the Hazumi concept, which measured 4070mm long, 1730mm wide and 1450mm high.

Five trim levels are available on the small family hatchback, from the entry-level SE up to the range-topping Sport Nav. Prices climb to £17,395 for the SkyActiv 1.5 diesel Sport Nav.

SE trim gets daytime running lights, engine stop-start technology and air conditioning. Mid-range SE-L adds 15-inch alloy wheels, integrated Bluetooth capability, electric rear windows and cruise control, with the option of Mazda's seven-inch colour touchscreen. Range-topping Sport and Sport Nav trims gain 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and climate control.

Fitted as standard across the Mazda 2's model range are a variety of safety features, including dynamic stability and traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and hill-hold assist.

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Our Verdict

Mazda 2
The Mazda 2's platform was engineered in-house, but shared with the Ford Fiesta

Back in 2008 the Mazda 2 was voted World Car of the Year. Considering the car’s engineering thoroughness and individuality, that shouldn’t be a surprise.

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17 July 2014
Cracking little car, well done Mazda!

17 July 2014
Mazda could have ducked out of keeping the impressive styling of the concept, but they haven't. It's just a shame it's too small for my motoring needs. I hope they've improved the interior refinement and ride over the current model. The interior styling is very well executed from what I can see. Well done Mazda!!

"Will accept donation of a Carrera GT, EB110 SS or McLaren F1...oh yeah or a Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder"

17 July 2014
Marv wrote:
.... I hope they've improved the interior refinement and ride over the current model. The interior styling is very well executed from what I can see...
Yes, I think overall refinement and a better quality interior were the only areas the otherwise really good outgoing model needed improving on. Hopefully they've done that with the new model.

17 July 2014
Does anyone know if it will come in a 3 door as well as the 5 door shown here?

17 July 2014
It's more than a little similiar to an A1 interior. Not that that is a bad thing of course. Overall I like it a lot. Especially the interior.

17 July 2014
Does it use SkyActiv? The piece doesn't make it clear.

17 July 2014
Modern and cohesive styling inside and out, the interior in particular looks really impressive. Roll on the first drive.

17 July 2014
Really liking this car! I liked the current 2 but the interior seemed a bit low rent. The interior shot of this new one looks really good, a big improvement. If it's as light as they say, it could be quite a fun car to drive too. Looking forward to the first tests.

17 July 2014
TheWizardWeb wrote:
Really liking this car! I liked the current 2 but the interior seemed a bit low rent. The interior shot of this new one looks really good, a big improvement. If it's as light as they say, it could be quite a fun car to drive too. Looking forward to the first tests.
I was deeply disappointed with the 'new' Corsa. This is a thoroughly resolved design, backed by intelligent engineering. GM/Vauxhall, I hope you are taking note. Mazda have released a truly new car and probably developed it on a smaller budget too!!

"Will accept donation of a Carrera GT, EB110 SS or McLaren F1...oh yeah or a Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder"

17 July 2014
Fiesta has just lost the "best looking supermini crown" to this! Looks fantastic, and I like the interior (only 1 air vent in the middle though?), which does look very Audi-ish. Good to see Mazda, Volvo and Jaguar all doing well out from Ford's shadow

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