With the likes of Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris flooding the streets with ‘budget’ Japanese brand hatchbacks, the little Mazda2 still remains one of the more popular choices for outliers. For those who are wanting to jump off the bandwagon, straight into a Mazda2, could not find a better time than now.
Starting this year, up until it is time for Mazda to refresh the line, the Mazda2’s upgrades will see it well into the first half of the decade. To start, the Mazda2’s Mazda Connect can finally — and officially — link up with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The infotainment display system sits snugly in an interior that’s been spruced up with a new blue-grey interior trim.
The front seats have been recreated to improve the driver’s sense of balance, and ultimately driving comfort. Speaking of a comfortable ride, the suspension has been rejigged to reduce vehicle movement. Driving dynamics have gotten a boost, too. The Mazda2 can now take advantage of the GVC Plus for a better ride, handling and vehicle stability.
It goes without saying that the exterior has caught up with the times. The Mazda2 gets aligned with the current seventh-generation grille design. New front LED with signature lights, and new 16-inch wheels enhance the vehicle’s look even more. And to wrap it all up, the Mazda badge and fonts have been reformatted to the current design.
The drivetrain gets no change. The Mazda2 will still run with the 1.5-litre 114hp/149Nm Skyactiv-G mated to a six-speed automatic.
The newly added and enhanced feature also mean one thing, the price has also increased. The 2020 Mazda2 is sold for RM103,670.00, making it the most expensive of its peers. No one said going premium would be cheap.