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Mazda 2 2024: Australian pricing and specifications confirmed

Dylan Campbell

Mazda’s much-loved small car is back and better than ever. We explore the different grades, prices and what you get for your dough

The new Mazda 2 has arrived in Australia, freshly facelifted and with a mildly updated interior.

Some things are unchanged in the latest update, such as the engine outputs and 7.0-inch central infotainment screen, while the exterior styling changes are subtle. Prices have increased between $800 and $1200.

Mazda’s current generation 2 debuted in 2014. Along with the Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio and MG3, it is one of the only small hatchbacks left on the market as buyers switch en-masse to SUVs. The Mazda 2 is closely related to the CX-3 small SUV.

The Mazda 2 has been freshly facelifted

It’s unclear how long the Mazda 2 will continue on sale in its current form with its future somewhat in doubt but in the eyes of many, it remains an easy-to-drive and affordable little hatchback or sedan which is well suited to newer drivers.

All 2023 Mazda 2s use an 81kW/142Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and turning the front wheels.

The only alternative is optioning the six-speed manual in the entry-level Pure grade, which delivers more involvement and 82kW/144Nm.

You can still get a manual Mazda 2, but only on the entry-level Pure grade

Sold alongside the hatch, a sedan version with a much larger boot is available in Pure and GT trims.

Let’s take a look at the different grades – and what you get for your money.

Grade walk for the Mazda 2

The Mazda 2 comes generously equipped for an affordable small car.

A 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine continues to power the Mazda 2

Key 2023 Mazda 2 features include:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlamps with auto function
  • Cloth seats
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-wrapped gear shifter and steering wheel
  • Auto wipers
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen
  • Wired Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • DAB+
  • Keyless push button start
  • Front grille panel
Standard features include a leather steering wheel and a 7.0-inch touchscreen

G15 Pure SP adds:

  • Black 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Gloss black exterior mirrors
  • Black carbon fibre style roof (vinyl)
  • Shark fin antenna

G15 Evolve adds:

  • Unique 16-inch alloys
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Body coloured mirrors
  • Chrome exhaust extension
  • Black cloth seats with red trim
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Sat nav
  • Mesh style grille (panel from Pures is deleted)
A look inside the Mazda 2 for 2023

G15 GT adds:

  • Black leather/Maztex and synthetic suede trim
  • Advanced keyless entry
  • 360-degree monitor
  • Radar cruise control

The only cost options are paint. Six colours are free (including Air Stream Blue), while three others (including signature Soul Red Crystal) adds $595.

How safe is the Mazda 2 2023?

The Mazda 2 is a compact car perfect for young drivers

The Mazda 2 scored five stars in ANCAP crash testing in 2015, although the testing criteria has become far stricter since then. 

Mazda Australia will not supply a car to ANCAP for a new test and even if it did, it wouldn’t be able to score five stars as it lacks a central airbag and advanced autonomous emergency braking.

Such things would no doubt be introduced in an all-new generation Mazda 2 (as happened with the new generation Toyota Yaris), but the re-engineering in this ageing model would be too costly.

Leather steering wheel is standard kit on the 2

While a lack of ANCAP safety rating isn’t a good look, we can’t dismiss that 2015 test when this 2 crashed reasonably well. Positively, the high level of driver assist technology seen on 2023 cars – even on the entry level – is notable.

That includes the useful stuff drivers want in the real world. Front and rear auto emergency braking, blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert are found on all variants.

Standard safety inclusions are:

  • Six airbags
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Emergency stop signal
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Reverse camera
  • AEB with pedestrian detection
  • City brake support reverse
Six airbags, blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist are all standard

G15 Evolve grade adds:

  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Active driving display (head up display)

G15 GT grade adds:

  • 360-degree view monitor
  • Radar cruise control
  • Front parking sensors

Note that radar cruise control is only available on the range-topper.

Pricing starts from $22,410 before on-road costs

Mazda 2 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Hatch G15 Pure manual: $22,410 (+$900)
  • Hatch G15 Pure auto: $24,410 (+$900)
  • Hatch G15 Pure SP auto: $25,210 (+$1200)
  • Hatch G15 Evolve auto: $25,910 (+$800)
  • Hatch G15 GT auto: $27,610 (+$1000)
  • Sedan G15 Pure auto: $24,410 (+$900)
  • Sedan G15 GT auto: $27,610 (+$1000)