Mazda has managed to keep pricing for its entry model relatively low for the segment. In fact, the base Pure in manual form starts from $22,410, before on-roads, and the auto is only $2000 more.
That means at a time when the Toyota Yaris is starting to look more expensive than its historic ‘cheap and cheerful' image allows, Mazda is pushing the Mazda2 to be slightly more premium while keeping its price competitive.
Standard features for the range, which start in the Pure variant, include a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, plus auto headlights and windscreen wipers.
The Pure SP, which starts at $25,210, gains a different styling kit that adds a body-coloured front panel to the grille, plus a carbon-look roof in vinyl. It also gains the ‘shark-fin' roof aerial.
The Evolve, which starts from $25,910, gains LED DRLs, with the mesh grille replacing the SP's block colour panel.
Its upholstery gets red stitching, plus it's also got a couple more tech additions with Mazda's active head-up driver display, traffic sign recognition and satellite navigation.
Finally, there's the top-spec GT, from $27,610, which gains unique aero-inspired 16-inch alloy wheels, and a set of black leather-upholstered seats with synthetic suede and red trim.