The current generation Mazda2 has been given a make over to look more sophisticated on the outside, and an upgraded interior along with new technology and various refinements to achieve its supermini status.

For the British market, the Mazda2 has a five-model roster, It carries two engine options: a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G petrol engine and Mazda’s mild-hybrid, for the first time. The variants of the Mazda2 include the SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport Nav and GT Sport Nav.

The Kodo design of the Mazda2 remains largely familiar. There’s a new mesh pattern grille, which resembles the new Mazda3 hatchback, a wider signature wing and revised headlights. From the rear, the sub-compact has a reworked bumper to give it a lower stance.

For the interior, the 2020 Mazda2 gets fresh dashboard trims and instrument cluster reworks. The cabin of the Mazda2 has an even more upmarket look.

The seats are body and posture friendly, while new damping materials have been added to give better refinement. Mazda has also reduced gap around the base of the B-Pillar and offer further upgrades like better sound insulation and revised sealing rubbers between the roof panel and the boot.    

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On driving dynamics, the Mazda2, which won the World Car of the Year 10 years ago in a previous generation, is a recognizable compact car when it comes to handling. Among the new things that make it sturdier are use of a urethane top mount in the rear dampers and revisions to the power steering and the inclusion of G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus).

For the first time, the Mazda2 comes with a M Hybrid. Utilizing a belt-integrated start generator (B-ISG) and brake regeneration it mobilizes the B-ISG’s power generation to make the most of the energy stored in the capacitor to reduce load on the engine and enable quick restart to help lower emissions and improve fuel economy with extended auto engine stop time.

Top Mazda2 variants

The Mazda2 Sport Nav is marked out by 16-inch alloy wheels, gloss black grille treatment, rear privacy glass, shark-fin antenna and a chrome exhaust trim, plus it benefits from the smart keyless entry. At the top of the range, the flagship GT Sport Nav trim features high-end features normally the preserve of more expensive sectors, including a reversing camera, leather seats and a color head-up display, plus heated front seats and steering wheel.

The 2020 Mazda2 is set to hit dealerships in November with a starting price of  15,795 pounds.