This is the new Mazda 2, which should prove a fuel-efficient rival for the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa when it goes on sale early 2015.
New Mazda 2 includes a selection of its frugal and clever ‘Skyactiv’ engines – a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol comes in 74, 89 and 113bhp tunes, while a 104bhp 1.5-litre turbodiesel comes with tiny 89g/km CO2 emissions.
The Euro 6-compliant motor, aided by a variable-geometry turbo and direct injection, makes 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.
In all, there are 16 different variants of the Mazda 2, across three petrol engines and one diesel. In entry-level SE trim, the 2015 Mazda 2 gets daytime running lights, air-conditioning, height adjustable driver’s seat, trip computer and steering wheel mounted audio controls. SE-L trim adds rear electric windows, 15-inch alloy wheels, 60:40 split-fold rear seats and integrated Bluetooth.
The Mazda 2 kicks off at £11,995 ($18 000) for the 1.5-litre petrol SE 74bhp model, with the flagship petrol costing £15,995 ($24 000) for the 1.5-litre 113bhp Sport Nav. Diesel variants start at £15,995 ($24 000) in 1.5-litre SE-L 103bhp trim, up to £17,395 ($26 200) for the range-topping diesel Sport Navi…