Mazda 2

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Mazda supermini continues with appealing old-fashioned qualities

David Cameron in Number 10 and Cheryl Cole atop the charts; Russia waging war on Ukraine and a review of the Mk3 Mazda 2 featuring on the front page of Autocar. In some ways, summer 2014 feels like ancient history; in others, it’s like nothing has changed at all.The third-generation Mazda 2 came out almost a decade ago now, and yet it’s still here. In that time, other superminis have bloated in size, gained smaller turbocharged engines and been stuffed with ever more technology. Meanwhile, the little Mazda has remained resolutely old-school.Add to that the shaky future of some of its rivals, and rather than becoming dated, it could be argued that the Mazda 2 is now a more uniquely enticing product than ever.For 2023, the Mazda 2 is being facelifted a second time, with new bumper and wheel designs, new colour options, and an unusual blanked-off grill on some versions. In the past few years, it’s also gained an updated mulitmedia system to keep it fresh, and mild-hybrid powertrains to ensure it’s not taxed out of existence.Range at a glanceThere’s not been a diesel Mazda 2 for a while now, but there’s still a good amount of choice, with four variants of Mazda’s own Skyactiv-G engine, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol. It comes in 74bhp, 89bhp and 113bhp forms. Only the 89bhp version can be had with an automatic gearbox, and manual versions of the 89 and 113bhp versions get mild-hybrid assistance, called E-Skyactiv in Mazda speak.There are four trim levels to choose from (named Centre-Line, Exclusive-Line, Homura and Homura Aka), all of which provide a comprehensive specification list. You can expect at the minimum air conditioning, a USB port, hill-start assistance, cruise control, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring.VersionPowerSkyactiv-G 75PS74bhpE-Skyactiv-G 1.5 90PS89bhpSkyactiv-G 1.5 90PS Automatic89bhpE-Skyactiv-G 1.5 115PS114bhp 
Source: Autocar

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