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Regarded as one of the best handling cars in the supermini segment, the Mazda2 has the same ‘Love of Driving’ ethos at its heart as the rest of the Mazda range.

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Regarded as one of the best handling cars in the supermini segment, the Mazda2 has the same ‘Love of Driving’ ethos at its heart as the rest of the Mazda range.

Mazda has always had a thing for low weight – well, more of an obsession really, and like the rest of the range, the Mazda2 benefits from the company’s radical SKYACTIV technologies. Its steering, suspension, brakes and aerodynamics have been designed and developed under Mazda’s intensive ‘gram strategy’ to deliver an excellent combination of athletic agility, cosseting ride comfort, low weight, enhanced economy and improved refinement and safety levels.

At the centre of this skill set sits the Mazda2’s innovative, lightweight and ultra-stiff chassis. In securing the disparate goals of engineering a new chassis that was both lighter and stiffer, Mazda’s engineers developed an advanced straight and continuous body framework, in which each body section functions in a coordinated manner with those around it.

With kerb weights starting from just 1035kg (including 75kg driver) – that’s for the petrol-powered 1.5-litre 75ps SKYACTIV-G with SKYACTIV-MT Manual transmission – it’s one of the lightest members in the supermini segment.

The 2017 update has seen subtle enhancements to the Mazda2’s already driver-focused dynamics. Front and rear damper settings have been revised to enhance ride quality, while to improve body control the front anti-roll bar bushing has changed and the structure of the front lower suspension arm has been modified. Additionally, a small recalibration of the electric power steering has resulted in improved steering feel.

The upgraded Mazda2’s dynamic enhancements also see the introduction of G-Vectoring Control (GVC). Having made its debut on the 2017 Mazda3, GVC is now standard across the Mazda2 range, the first of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMCIS technologies it varies engine torque to optimise loading on the wheels when cornering to indiscernibly provide more precise handling and improve comfort.