The facelifted Mazda 2 hatch and sedan isn’t hugely different in the visual department, but brings new safety tech as standard across the board - and the same sweet price for the frugal buyer.
All the cars in the range receive the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine. However, the engine comes in either high or low tune, depending on spec, with 79kW/139Nm or 81kW/141Nm respectively. Automatic emergency braking is now standard across the entire range.
Mazda’s smallest and cheapest car starts with the Neo grade-spec at $14,990 for the six-speed manual, with the optional six-speed automatic attracting a $2000 premium.
The Neo misses out on digital radio, and reverse camera, but has 15-inch wheels, black cloth trim, rear seats with a 60:40 split, cruise control, Bluetooth telephony, keyless push-button start, front, side, and curtain airbags, and Mazda’s handling-enhancing ‘G-Vectoring’ control.
Next is the Maxx, with a $17,690 price tag for the manual, and $19,690 for the automatic. The Maxx receives the higher engine tune, a leather-wrapped gear knob, DAB+ radio, 7-inch touchscreen display, a reverse camera, smart city brake support in reverse, and sat-nav as an option.
The Genki spec grade is the next level up. Only available in a hatch bodystyle, the Genki adds 16-inch wheels, daytime running lamps, power mirrors, a shark-fin antenna, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, active driving display, climate control, sat-nav as standard, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
GT is the highest spec grade, and costs $21,680 for the manual, and $23,680 for the automatic across both hatch and sedan bodystyles.
The top of the line Mazda 2 largely receives enhanced interior trim, with front door armrests, centre console side panels, and leather/cloth seat trim.