The new Mazda 2 will be priced from £11,995 when it goes on sale in the UK early next year, and will be offered in five grades and with a choice of four engines.

Power comes from a 1.5-litre petrol engine in three states of tune – 75PS, 90PS or 115PS.

Strangely, however, the 90PS is the most efficient of three, with CO2 emissions of 105 g/km and combined cycle economy of 62.8 mpg.

The other versions aren’t far behind, with the 75PS recording 110 g/km and 60.1 mpg, and the 115PS unit emitting 117 g/km with economy of 56.5 mpg.

Diesel options are represented by the 1.5-litre SkyActiv-D with 105PS.  It offers incredible efficiency with CO2 emissions of just 89 g/km and economy of 83.1 mpg.

Performance is equally respectable, with the 115PS petrol model completing the 0-62mph sprint in 8.7 seconds with a top speed of 124mph, with the 90PS model achieving a sub-10-second time of 9.4 seconds.

The diesel model isn’t far behind, needing just 10.1 seconds and carrying on until its 111mph top whack.

Five grades will be offered, starting with the entry-level SE model.  It uses 15-inch steel wheels to help keep the price down, but still boasts remote locking, front electric windows, air conditioning, and a raft of safety and driver aids including stability and traction control, Hill Hold Assist and others.

SE-L models add 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, power-folding heated door mirrors, rear electric windows, cruise control with speed limiter, leather steering wheel and gear knob, 60:40 split rear seats, and Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls.

SE-L models with the 90PS engine also gain a seven-inch colour touch-screen with Mazda’s Multimedia Controller, DAB digital radio, Lane Departure Warning and Smart City Brake Support.  An SE-L Nav model adds satellite navigation with European mapping and three years of free upgrades.

Move up to Sport trim and the Mazda 2 gains 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors, black sports cloth trim, two additional speakers, climate control and keyless entry.

A Sport Nav model adds – you guessed it – full European navigation, and models fitted with the 115PS engine also gain LED headlights and LED running lights.

A Special Sports Launch Edition will also be available which offers a similar specification to Sport Nav models but with a reduced price.

Options include metallic paint (£530, or £650 for the special treatment Soul Red), Light Stone leather upholstery (£800), and a £400 Safety Pack that adds Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Control.

We were fond of the old Mazda 2 model, so we can’t wait to drive the new one.

Mazda 2 Prices

SKYACTIV-G Petrol‘On the road’ retailCO2
(g/km)
RFL
Band
Ins GroupP11D
Value
Monthly BIK
20% / 40%
1.5-litre 75ps SE£11,995110BTBC15%£30 / £60
1.5-litre 75ps SE-L£12,995110BTBC15%£32 / £65
1.5-litre 90ps SE-L£13,995105BTBC14%£33 / £65
1.5-litre 90ps SE-L Nav£14,395105BTBC14%£33 / £67
1.5-litre 90ps SE-L Auto£15,195112CTBC15%£38 / £76
1.5-litre 90ps SE-L Nav Auto£15,595112CTBC15%£39 / £78
1.5-litre 90ps Sport£14,995105BTBC14%£35 / £70
1.5-litre 90ps Sports Launch Edition£14,995105BTBC14%£35 / £70
1.5-litre 90ps Sport Nav£15,395105BTBC14%£36 / £72
1.5-litre 90ps Sport Auto£16,195112CTBC15%£40 / £81
1.5-litre 90ps Sport Nav Auto£16,595112CTBC15%£41 / £83
1.5-litre 115ps Sport Nav£15,995117CTBC16%£43 / £85
SKYACTIV-D Diesel‘On the road’ retailCO2
(g/km)
RFL
Band
Ins GroupP11D
Value
Monthly BIK
20% / 40%
1.5-litre 105ps SE-L£15,99589ATBC14%£37 / £74
1.5-litre 105ps SE-L Nav£16,39589ATBC14%£38 / £76
1.5-litre 105ps Sport£16,99589ATBC14%£40 / £79
1.5-litre 105ps Sport Nav£17,39589ATBC14%£40 / £81