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08 June 2018

MAZDA’S smallest model, the Fiesta-challenging Mazda2 has received a raft of improvements to keep it ahead of its rivals.

Renowned for its build quality, driving dynamics and solid residual values, it is the car of choice for those who prefer something a bit more special than the mainstream models.

Boasting exceptional repeat buying patterns among its loyal followers, it consistently tops reliability and customer satisfaction charts.

Now it is even better as a result of small but significant changes for 2018.

The five-grade line-up gets additional equipment across the range plus the introduction of a limited edition Mazda2 Sport Black model.

Limited to just 500 cars, the Sport Black is powered by the 90bhp version of Mazda’s 1.5-litre petrol engine.

Distinguished by special exterior detailing and choice of Deep Crimson Mica, Dynamic Blue Mica or Machine Grey Metallic paint, it gains gloss black detailing on the mirror caps, rear roof spoiler, skirt trims, grille and shark fin antenna.

There are also 16-inch black alloy wheels and privacy glass.

Costing from £13,295 to £17,095, the revised range is offered in five trim levels of SE+, SE-L+, SE-L Nav+, Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+.

The 1.5-litre petrol engine comes with a choice of three power outputs of 75bhp, 90bhp and 115bhp.

In the case of the 75bhp version, the entry-level SE+ gains 15-inch alloy wheels, heated power fold mirrors, 60:40 split rear seats and electric rear windows. Offered with both the 75bhp and 90bhp engines, the SE-L+ and SE-L Nav+ models gain dusk-sensing lights, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing front wipers and climate control.

Matched to the 90bhp engine, the Sport Nav trim includes a Brilliant Black rear roof spoiler, while the range topping GT Sport Nav+ can be ordered with either the 90bhp or 115bhp engine and now comes with a reversing camera and six-speed manual gearbox. The rest of the range use a five-speed gearbox, while 90bhp versions of the SE-L+, SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav are now offered with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Other highlights of the updated 2018 range include the introduction of four new paint colours comprising Ceramic Metallic and Sonic Silver Metallic, plus Machine Grey Metallic and Soul Red Crystal, which both use Mazda’s three-layer painting technology. Compared to the previous Soul Red Metallic paint, new Soul Red Crystal increases the brightness by a fifth and the depth by half again.

Recent updates include G-Vectoring Control technology and detailed improvements to the suspension and steering to achieve an improved ride and sharper steering. Interior upgrades included new seat fabrics, a new steering wheel and improved sound insulation.

Noise-insulating glass in the windscreen and additional engine bay sound proofing are added, while sound-absorbing material inside the tailgate, on the parcel shelf and in the spare wheel well also reduce noise.

Active safety equipment now includes Smart City Brake Support and a Lane Departure Warning System.