Mazda has given its neat and nimble Mazda 2 supermini a mid-life makeover. A new nine-strong range has just gone on scale priced from £9995 to £14,455.

Out front, a new grille and larger badge mark the changes, while inside the instrument panel is new and, Mazda says, the interior features fresh, higher quality materials. Changes to the front suspension, allied to a stiffer body, have sharpened the way that the car handles.

The existing engines are retained but Mazda has retuned them to squeeze a few extra mpg from them while it has also lowered CO2 emissions.

An automatic model (pictured) is all new, using a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a four-speed transmission. This returns up to 44.8mpg overall and 146g/km of CO2 emissions. Mazda expects that it will account for one in 12 sales of the car next year. Alongside it, a Tamura trim level joins the range, offering sporty looks at a modest price.

Stephen Jury


November 15, 2010

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