The 2018 Mazda2 range priced from £13,595 to £17,395 sees the introduction of a refreshed five grade line-up: SE+, SE-L+, SE-L Nav+, Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+ powered by Mazda’s 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, which is offered in 75, 90 and 115ps outputs benefiting from improved equipment to deliver extra value for money regardless of which model you choose.
The first Mazda model homologated under Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure (WLTP) regulations, the 2018 Mazda2 retains the same mechanical updates Mazda’s supermini received in June 2017.
The host of updates added to this highly acclaimed supermini last summer included the introduction of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control technology and detailed improvements to the suspension and steering to deliver improved ride comfort and steering response. In addition, revised front and rear damper settings improve ride quality, while the modified front anti-roll bar bushing enhances body control. Interior upgrades included new seat fabrics, a new steering wheel and enhanced sound insulation.
Highlights across all models include the introduction of four new paint colours: Ceramic Metallic and Sonic Silver Metallic, plus Machine Grey Metallic and Soul Red Crystal, which both use Mazda’s unique three-layer TAKUMINURI painting technology. Compared to previous Mazda2’s Soul Red Metallic paint, Soul Red Crystal increases brightness by approximately 20 per cent and depth by 50 per cent.
Now exclusively offered with Mazda’s 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, the simplified eight-model 2018 Mazda2 range starts at just £13,295 for the 75ps SE+, while the 75ps engine is also offered in SE-L+ trim. Making up the bulk of the range the 90ps version of the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine is offered in SE-L Nav+, Sport Nav+, while the flagship GT Sport Nav+ trim is exclusively matched to the 115ps output engine and a six-speed manual gearbox.
All models feature new seat fabrics, a new steering wheel and revised door mirrors with wraparound indicators. Enhanced refinement across the range is achieved thanks to the adoption of noise-insulating glass in the windscreen and additional under bonnet sound proofing. Plus, to reduce high-frequency noise entering the cabin from the rear, sound absorbing material has been added to the inside of the tailgate, the parcel shelf and the spare wheel well.
Across the key trim levels the upgraded Mazda2 now features additional equipment: SE-L+ and SE-L Nav+ cars now feature LED front fog lamps, auto power-folding mirrors and passenger seat height adjustment, while Sport Nav+ models benefit from subtle visual enhancements including new 16-inch alloy wheels and a shark fin antenna.
However, thanks to new Deep Crimson Mica and Eternal Blue Mica paint colours that are both exclusive to the GT Sport Nav+, it’s this model that really stands out. LED headlights, LED daylight running lights, a contrasting black rear spoiler and 16-inch silver alloy wheels further distinguish these models, while inside they both feature black leather seats with a brown dash insert, a colour head-up display, Mazda2 scuff plates and on the 115ps GT Sport, a reversing camera.
As before, the Mazda2 features excellent active safety equipment with all 90ps and 115ps powered cars featuring Smart City Brake Support and Lane Departure Warning System. All cars outside of the entry-level 75ps engine models come with Mazda’s 7” Colour touch-screen display with MZD-Connect infotainment system, integrated navigation, DAB radio and cruise control, while Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+ models feature high-end equipment like privacy glass, rear parking sensors, climate control air-conditioning and smart keyless entry.
Commenting on the 2018 Mazda2 Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director Mazda Motors UK said, “the Mazda2 is a really important car in our line up. It may be the smallest car we produce, but it has at its heart the same values of style, driver involvement and quality that mark out all our products. These updates come less than a year after the Mazda2 benefited from a host of technical updates and now with enhanced equipment, the 2018 Mazda2 is better value than ever and remains a class-leading contender in what is still the biggest selling and most competitive segment in the UK car market.”
Adding, “our simplified eight-model line-up has been created based on feedback from our customers and dealers. With the flagship GT Sport Nav+ and limited edition Sport Black+ and Black Edition+ models we have two standout models that deliver the high-end equipment, premium looks and high-quality discerning small car buyers are looking for.”