Prices and Range
The updated 2020 Mazda2 supermini has a range of 5 hatchback models. The line-up uses Mazda’s familiar trim structure of SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport Nav, and GT Sport Nav. The 2020 Mazda2 features renewed and sophisticated exterior design, an upgraded interior and offers drivers greater fuel efficiency and improved refinement.
Engines and Transmissions
The 2020 Mazda2 is powered by Mazda’s 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated Skyactiv-G petrol engine, which is available with two outputs – 75ps and 90ps – and either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission. New for the 2020, Mazda has introduced the intelligent mild hybrid system, Mazda M Hybrid, which is standard on manual transmission models to deliver greater fuel efficiency.
Visually, the upgraded Mazda2 is marked out by the adoption of the latest evolution of Mazda’s Kodo design. The new grille features a mesh pattern, bringing it into line with the style seen on the all-new Mazda3 hatchback, while the wider signature wing and revised headlights heighten the Mazda2’s sporty appearance. At the rear, improvements have been made to the rear lights, while the redesigned bumper gives a lower stance on the road.
The Mazda2 hatchback posts a length of 4,070mm, height of 1,515mm, width of 1,695mm and sits on a wheelbase of 2,570mm, dimensions that make it 10mm longer, 20mm taller, and the same width as the last-generation pre-2014 model.
The updated Mazda2 continues to be underpinned by the dynamic ultra-stiff Skyactiv-Chassis architecture to help protect occupants from impact forces. Comprised of 65 per cent ultra-high tensile steels, the ‘triple-H’ body structure has resulted in excellent torsional rigidity and enhanced impact protection, while posting a seven per cent reduction the weight of the bodyshell, compared to the last-generation pre-2014 model.
The 2020 Mazda2 features a MacPherson strut layout at the front and a compact torsion beam axle at the rear. The electrically-assisted rack and pinion steering is geared for prompt responses to driver inputs and a tight 4.7m / 4.9m (15-inch tyre / 16-inch tyre) turning circle, while the powerful ventilated front discs and rear drum brakes have been recalibrated for a linear response.
Standard exterior equipment on all models includes electrically-adjustable and heated auto power-folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors, front rain-sensing wipers, dusk sensing lights and coming home / leaving home lights.
G-Vectoring Control Plus
The upgraded Mazda2’s dynamic enhancements includes the introduction of G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) – the evolved version of Mazda’s GVC system – which now uses the brakes to apply direct yaw movement control in addition to the previous system’s engine control. This enables the car to handle better in emergency avoidance manoeuvres and offers more confidence-inspiring controllability.