2020 Mazda 2 prices and specs revealed

The Mazda 2 supermini has been updated with new mild-hybrid tech, an updated design inside and out and changes to make it drive even better

James Wilson
Mar 5, 2020

The Mazda 2 has been given a mid-life refresh, which, amongst other things includes the addition of mild-hybrid technology as standard on all manual models. Prices start from £15,795 with the revised Mazda 2 available to buy now.

In the 2020s superminis may be small, but this type of car (including Mazda 2 rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Seat Ibiza) is rapidly getting more sophisticated, meaning that you don't need a big car to take advantage of the latest kit. This means that you can benefit from the explosion of in-car technology, autonomous safety gear and electrification even with a small car.

Since Mazda first launched the 2, Ford has released an all-new Fiesta, Renault an all-new Clio and Peugeot an all-new 208 (including an electric e-208). All have upped the ante over their predecessors in just about every measurable way and also pulled ahead of the pre-update Mazda 2 for those after the most up-to-date small car.

Things are not all doom and gloom, though, as the refreshed Mazda 2 is still relatively affordable and well equipped, whichever version you go for. Furthermore, the Mazda 2 has always been a fun but comfortable car to drive, so those who enjoy driving are likely to be happier behind the wheel of a 2 than pretty much all of its rivals, bar the Ford Fiesta, which is equally satisfying from behind the wheel.

To find out exactly what is new about the 2020 Mazda 2, including emissions, equipment and performance figures, keep reading below.

Quick facts

  • On sale now from £15,795
  • Updated interior and exterior design
  • Mild-hybrid power introduced
  • CO2 emissions claimed 94 g/km
  • Four trims on offer
  • Standard tech includes cruise control

2020 Mazda 2 what has changed

New cars are typically updated halfway through their lives to make sure they remain desirable as they get older. This update process allows manufacturers to give existing models a new lease of life and give sales a boost by improving some of the less good aspects of a car. With that in mind, the changes are often subtle and easy to miss, which is why we have broken down the 2020 Mazda 2’s updates into three distinct sections below.

2020 Mazda 2 exterior updates Changes to the Mazda 2’s exterior include a new front grille, revised headlights and a redesigned rear bumper. The car looks similar to the pre-update version, but looks a little sharper all around.

2020 Mazda 2 interior updates The interior of the 2 has been reworked with updated air vents, door inserts and front seats as part of the 2020 facelift. Mazda also claims to have reduced noise within the cabin to make the 2 feel more quieter to drive.

2020 Mazda 2 mechanical updates The power steering has been revised as has the rear suspension. The final update is something Mazda calls 'G-Vectoring Control Plus'. This system works to improve cornering by automatically applying the brakes gently to help control the car while it is going around corners.

2020 Mazda 2 specs and trims

Mazda has confirmed four trim levels for the 2020 Mazda 2 - SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport Nav and GT Sport Nav. Entry-level SE-L spec comes as standard with rear parking sensors, LED headlights, climate control, cruise control and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Next up in the range is SE-L Nav, which builds upon the above by adding a seven-inch touchscreen media system (including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality), autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist.

As the name suggests, Sport Nav brings a smattering of sportier features - plus sat-nav. For starters there are larger 16-inch alloy wheels, a gloss black front grille, tinted rear windows and chrome exhaust trim. Sport Nav models also feature keyless entry.

Finishing off the range is GT Sport Nav. This range-topping version gains additional equipment including a reversing cameraheated leather steering wheel, heated front seats and a head-up display, which beams speed and other driving information onto the windscreen, so the driver doesn't need to take their eyes away from the road as regularly.

2020 Mazda 2 mild-hybrid prices

Prices for the updated Mazda 2 start at £15,795 for SE-L models and rise to £18,295 for GT Sport Nav models. Mid-range SE-L Nav variants start at £16,795 and Sport Nav versions at £17,495. Order books are open now.

2020 Mazda 2 economy and performance

Big news for the 2020 Mazda 2 is that all manual models come with mild-hybrid technology as standard. In this case, 'mild-hybrid' means the 2’s starter motor is strong enough to assist the corresponding petrol engine (there are no diesels on offer) and hence reduce fuel use.

There are two petrol engines to choose from, a 74hp 1.5-litre unit which is the only option on entry-level SE-L models and an 89hp 1.5-litre engine available on all other trims. Due to manual 2020 Mazda 2s being mild-hybrids, there is no need to plug the car in, as the charge used is replenished by capturing energy normally wasted during braking.

When it comes to emissions, 74hp SE-L models are claimed to produce 95g/km of CO2. All other models come with the same 95g/km when equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels, but only 94g/km when specced with the larger 16-inch alloy wheels.

Those after an automatic will have to make do with higher CO2 emissions of 118g/km – largely due to the lack of mild-hybrid tech with this gearbox. For the entire range of engines, Mazda claims economy figures of between 47.9mpg and 53.3mpg but is yet to confirm exact numbers for each engine.

As a note, Mazda has provided all the above figures based on the outgoing - and less realistic - emissions testing procedure, so in the real world drivers can expect worse fuel economy than for a car with the same economy figure assessed on the new test. Even so, the petrol 2 is an economical car and shouldn't cost much to fuel.

2020 Mazda 2 rivals and alternatives

When it comes to alternatives, the Mazda 2 has them by the bucket load. Two of the heaviest hitters are the Ford Fiesta and recently updated Renault Clio – both of which are impressive affordable small cars.

Part of the reason Mazda updated its 2 is that it was getting a little long in the tooth. Rivals like the two mentioned above, Seat Ibiza and VW Polo are a little ahead when it comes to all-round packages (especially with regards to flashy on-board tech). That said, the Mazda 2 has always been a dependable supermini which is great fun to drive – plus, it now comes with a mild-hybrid system and that is fairly uncommon in this part of the market (although that is changing fast).

Fiat recently launched mild-hybrid versions of its Panda and 500 hatchbacks and Ford is expected to be launching a mild-hybrid Fiesta in the near future. Also, Renault recently unveiled a self-charging hybrid Clio which is very much one up in the electrification steaks compared to a mild-hybrid.

 

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