Mazda's Ford Fiesta rival gains design updates, more refinement and a mild hybrid engine option, and is on sale from £15,795
James Attwood, digital editor
13 December 2019

The Mazda 2 is being updated for 2020 to bring it into line with newer rivals, and it's available to order now with the first examples landing in dealers. 

The entry level SE-L model will cost £15,795, and includes rear parking sensors, 15in alloy wheels and climate control. As well a more powerful engine, SE-L Nav models and above gain the Mazda Connect navigation system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and driver assistance features including brake assist and lane-keeping assist. SE-L Nav models start from £16,610.

For £17,310, Sport Nav models add 16in alloy wheels, a gloss black grille, rear privacy glass, chrome exhausts and keyless entry.

The top-rung GT Sport Nav models feature a reversing camera, leather seats, a head-up display, and heated front seats and steering wheel. Such models start from £18,110 for manual models, and £19,370 with an automatic gearbox.

The Japanese firm’s Ford Fiesta and Hyundai i20 rival will retain the 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, but is now boosted by a belt-integrated starter/generator on all manual models. It will be offered in two stages of tune, with a 74bhp version on entry level SE-L models, and a 89bhp powertrain for SE-L Nav, Sport Nav and GT Sport Nav trims. The manual versions produce 94-95g/km of CO2, depending on trim level, with a WLTP-certified combined fuel economy of 53.4mpg.

Mazda cites a number of tweaks to improve the handling of its supermini, including a new urethane top mount in the rear dampers, revised power steering and the introduction of a G-Vectoring Control Plus system, which subtly uses the brakes to aid cornering stability and smoothen your chosen line. 

The design changes include a revised grille with a new design closer to the Mazda 3, a wider wing, new bumper and revised LED headlights. Inside, the dashboard trim, air vents and other features have been tweaked, with new-shape seats designed to offer more comfort.

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1 October 2019

It would help when discussing hybrids to know how powerful the electric motor is and how much energy the battery stores. I appreciate this is a mild hybrid, but the missing data would at least give some indication of the level of battery assistance and likely benefit the system offers.

That said, the combination of a lowish powered engine tuned for efficiency with an electric motor to boost torque sounds  promising alternative to a small turbocharged unit. 

 

1 October 2019
A lowish powered efficient engine with an electric boost pretty much describes Honda's ima system, the civic jazz and insight had the power of a 1.6 with the economy of a 1.3, the crz provided a bit more. I thought it worked really well.

1 October 2019

£20k for a mazda 2 - WOW - now thats a lot, but nowhere near as much as the top Fiesta etc, small cars are just getting to be silly money, and its starting to become very noticeable to those that buy them.

 

1 October 2019
jonboy4969 wrote:

£20k for a mazda 2 - WOW - now thats a lot, but nowhere near as much as the top Fiesta etc, small cars are just getting to be silly money, and its starting to become very noticeable to those that buy them.

 

 

Funny that...

2 October 2019

This generation of 2 doesn't seem to be anywhere near as popular as the previous one. Maybe some, like me, miss the compactness of the previous one, and the extra choice of the more stylish 3-door version.

14 December 2019

From almost £16,000 for an old design small car with a mild refresh? Do they think people are nuts?!

I'm fed up with car manufacturers bleating on about BREXIT as the perfect excuse to blame for people not buying so many new cars - with prices like these, how would they ever sell as many cars as they used to?

Definitely a case of them trying to bleed as much money out of people as possible before we're all forced to use automated electric boxes to get around in.

I'll be keeping my perfectly good car for a few more years, or look out for a nearly new / second hand bargain rather than buy new again.

14 December 2019
gavsmit wrote:

Definitely a case of them trying to bleed as much money out of people as possible before we're all forced to use automated electric boxes to get around in.

Car manufacturers know they're on borrowed time, thats why they only want to sell us SUV based models which they can charge more for, and gradually phase out other body styles (3-door hatches, traditional saloons, sports coupes...) which don't make as much cash. They're making hay whilst the sun shines, consumer choice is not their priority, after all the closer we move towards those automated boxes the less there'll be any point in all these different brands.

14 December 2019
What has happened to the fizzy 115bhp version? That's the one that I've had mentally lined up for when the family punto goes pop.

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