The Mazda2 has been updated for the 2020 model year with a simplified five-model range and a new mild-hybrid powertrain.

Visual changes are limited to a new mesh pattern for the front grille similar to that on the Mazda3, a wider chrome signature wing, restyled headlights and a re-profiled rear bumper.

Inside, dashboard trims, air vents, door inserts and instrument cluster hood make use of improved materials, while the front seats have been redesigned for greater comfort.

Extra damping material has been added around the base of the B-pillar while new sealing rubbers between the roof panel and the boot aid sound insulation.

New rear damper mounts and power steering alterations are aimed at enhancing driver appeal, while an updated version of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) now uses the brakes to apply yaw control corrections in addition to engine control as with the previous system.

The Mazda2 range is now powered exclusively by a 1.5-litre petrol engine in two states of tune – 75 ps and 90 ps.

Six-speed manual models also include the company’s M-Hybrid mild-hybrid system that uses a belt-driven integrated starter generator to provide torque assistance during acceleration, quick engine restart after start/stop activation, and energy recuperation during braking to a capacitor.

The result is that CO2 emissions for manual models fall to 94-95 g/km depending on trim level with WLTP-certified economy of 53.3 mpg on the combined cycle. 0-62 mph is now taken care of in 9.7 seconds for the 90 ps model, and 11.7 for the 75 ps.

Four trim grades are offered, starting with the entry-level SE-L, available only with the 75 ps engine.

Standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, climate control, and cruise control.

The 90 ps SE-L Nav gains Mazda Connect navigation and infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus front city brake support, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist.

Sport Nav models ride on larger 16-inch alloy wheels, and wear a gloss black grille, rear privacy glass, shark-fin antenna and a chrome exhaust. Keyless entry is included as standard.

Topping off the range, GT Sport Nav models gain a reversing camera, leather heated seats, heated steering wheel, and colour head-up display.

The updated 2020 Mazda2 is expected to arrive in showrooms this November.

2020 Mazda2 Prices

2020 Mazda 2 1.5 SKYACTIV-G PetrolPriceVATP11DOTRCo2
Mazda2 1.5 75ps SE-L£13,008.33£2,601.67£15,610£15,79595
Mazda2 1.5 90ps SE-L Nav£13,841.67£2,768.33£16,610£16,79595
Mazda2 1.5 90ps Sport Nav£14,425.00£2,885.00£17,310£17,49594
Mazda2 1.5 90ps Sport Nav Auto£16,141.67£3,228.33£19,370£19,595118
Mazda2 1.5 90ps GT Sport Nav£15,091.67£3,018.33£18,110£18,29594