What is it?
The Mazda2 is a supermini "bursting with energy, character and vitality", its manufacturer says. Strengths include the exterior styling that has a sporty, muscular, feel. It is only 4,060mm long and has a small, 4.7 metre, turning circle so this 5-door hatchback manoeuvres easily in busy cities. Its cargo capacity is 280-litres.
Engines, performance, fuel economy and emissions
Mazda2 engines effectively balance performance with fuel economy and, by association, have low emissions to minimise the cost of Vehicle Excise Duty. Note: Duty in year 1 is free if emissions are 130g/km, or fewer. It remains free subsequently – under the current system, of course – if the carbon emissions are 100g/km (or fewer).
Engine options include the 1.5-litre, 75PS, petrol that is teamed with 5-speed manual transmission, plus the SE and SE-L trims. Expect: 0-62mph in 12.1 seconds, 60.1mpg and emissions of 110g/km.
The 1.5-litre, 90PS, petrol engine works in conjunction with 5-speed manual transmission, or a 6-speed automatic. Expect: 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds (12.0 seconds automatic), 62.8mpg (58.9mpg automatic) and carbon emissions of 105g/km (112g/km automatic). This unit is available with the: SE-L, SEL Nav and Sport Nav trims.
The 1.5-litre, 115PS, petrol complement a 6-speed manual gearbox and the Sport Nav trim. Expect: 62mph in 8.7 seconds, 56.5mpg and emissions of 117g/km. 1.5-litre, 105PS, diesel versions have 6-speed manual transmission, return 83.1mpg, hit 62mph in 10.1 seconds and emit carbon at a rate of 89g/km (SE-L Nav & Sport NAV).
Mazda2 standard equipment – as found on the entry-level SE trim – includes: air-conditioning, front electric windows, tyre pressure monitor, engine stop/start button, powered mirrors, steering wheel mounted audio controls and hill-hold assist to prevent it rolling back. Safety gadgets include dual, front, side and curtain airbags.
The Sport Nav is the top-spec trim and builds on this pleasing specification via, for example, its Smart City Brake system. At speeds of up to 20mph(ish), it monitors the distance to the next vehicle. If the driver fails to notice it is slowing, the system brakes automatically to avoid a collision or mitigate its severity.
The Sport Nav trim also has: satellite navigation, automatic windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and climate control. Furthermore, the optional Safety Pack – among other things – warns the driver when a following vehicle is in the bind spot via lights within the wings mirrors, and an audible tone.
Red Special Edition
The Mazda2 Red Edition is a Special Edition based on the 1.5-litre, 90PS, petrol SE-L Nav – and production is limited to 400. Choose Snowflake White or Black Mica exterior paint that complement red flashes on the: rear spoiler, rear underskirt, dashboard, knee pads and interior door panels. Most obvious is the red seating, however.
Peter Allibon, UK Sales Director, said: "Thanks to its combination of fun-to-drive handling, stylish looks and generous equipment, the Mazda2 is already winning over UK supermini buyers". He added: "Our latest Special Edition model offers stand-out looks and a bold cabin for those customers who want to make a statement with a car."
New Mazda2 prices range from £12,195 to £17,395.