The Mazda 2 Maxx comes with a reversing camera, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen loaded with the Pandora, Stitcher and Aha internet radio apps. Its steering wheel and gear-lever handle are trimmed in leather. Wheels are made from aluminium alloy and look nicer than the plastic-trimmed steel wheels on the least costly model, the Mazda2 Neo.
The Maxx’s high-spec engine has a feature which shuts it down when the car stops, and starts it again when the driver presses the accelerator. That is one reason why it will use slightly less fuel than the standard-spec engine in the Neo.
The most expensive Mazda2, the Genki, also has satellite navigation, foglights, and extremely long-lived LED headlamps that switch on automatically when it gets dark. Climate-control air conditioning maintains a set temperature. Wheel rims are an inch bigger at 16 inches, fitted with tyres of a slightly lower profile, which bring a racier look and marginally sharper steering response.
The Genki is available only as a hatchback. Satellite navigation can be ordered as an extra-cost option on the Maxx hatch and sedan.
An S-Pack option for the Genki offers enhanced interior trim with seats covered partly in leather, and Smart City Brake Support. It costs about $1400.