Mazda has updated its 2 hatchback for 2011. The changes are subtle to say the least, but they are more signifcant in areas that you can't see. The press release tells us that the car has carried forward the "exquisite and dynamic" design concept - whatever that means. We think it alludes to the fact that the car now looks more like the rest of the newer Mazda models - the new larger five-point grille has been added, along with a bigger Mazda badge.
There are new front fog lamps and wheels too, along with improvements to the cabin and a newly-designed instrument panel, new seat patterns and seat fabric colours (yes I am quoting from the press release here), blackout finish dials and chrome rings and the centre stack is finished in piano black.
We are told that ride comfort has been improved thanks to changes to the front suspension geometry, softer mountings for the rear trailing arms and re-tuned rear dampers.
What is pretty significant for all of those who think petrol is now the work of the devil, you can buy the 1.3-litre petrol model and it will still only cough up 119g/km of CO2, so it is in Band A and is good for 5.1 litres/100km.
Prices start at €14,405 for the Comfort model. Add a grand and the Sensu model gets you alloys, air conditioning, steering wheel mounted audio controls, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, folding heated mirrors, front and rear roofbags and front side airbags.
The Sport model gets 16-inch alloys, a rear spoiler, side skirts, front fog lights, climate control and interior trim upgrade. This costs an extra €600.
If you are a scrappage customer the news is even better as prices start from just €11,895.