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.
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.
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.
Key 2023 Mazda 2 features include:
G15 Pure SP adds:
G15 Evolve adds:
G15 GT adds:
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 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.
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:
G15 Evolve grade adds:
G15 GT grade adds:
Note that radar cruise control is only available on the range-topper.
Mazda 2 2023: prices in Australia
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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