Facelifted 2023 Mazda 2 supermini brings major updates from under £18,000

One of the models in Mazda’s unorthodox Mazda 2 supermini range has been given a facelift…

Mazda has split its approach on superminis by selling a rebadged Toyota Yaris Hybrid alongside its own entirely conventional 2. Now the second of those Mazda 2 models is being treated to yet another refresh, in a bid to keep it competitive as it heads towards its 10th birthday.

This generation of Mazda 2 was introduced in 2014, so Mazda is hoping a visual update, extra kit, a revamped range of trim levels and keen pricing will give it a chance against petrol-powered, non-EV rivals like the Hyundai i20 and Ford Fiesta. The changes to the exterior include a new front grille that’s better connected to the headlights, more colour accents, reprofiled bumpers and fresh wheel designs.

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Inside, there’s a new fascia with more colour than before, and the infotainment has been upgraded to incorporate wireless Apple CarPlay alongside Android Auto. All versions now get navigation as standard, too, along with climate control and cruise control.

Beneath it all, the Mazda 2 sticks with its well-proven 1.5-litre engine, with a choice of three outputs: 73bhp, 88bhp and 113bhp. The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, and most versions with this also get Mazda’s mild-hybrid assistance for improved fuel efficiency. The auto option is offered with the 88bhp engine only.

Mazda has realigned the 2’s range of trim levels, too. The line-up starts with Centre-Line, which brings 15-inch alloy wheels, and moves up through Exclusive-Line, which brings 16-inch wheels but is restricted to the 88bhp engine. 

There are two further models at the higher end of the range, called Homura and Homura Aka. These are said to deliver a sportier look, with gloss-black detailing, 16-inch machined-alloy wheels, and a black honeycomb grille that features a red accent tab (similar to that seen on the recently facelifted CX-5). These editions also get red accents in the cabin, and the Homura Aka has half-leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel.

The new Mazda 2 will go on sale in late spring. Full prices will be announced then, but Mazda has already said the range will start with a 74bhp Centre-Line at £17,750 – significantly less than the likes of the base-spec Fiesta Trend, and the cheapest Peugeot 208.

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