Unmistakably a new generation Mazda in its shape, the latest Mazda2 has a strong family resemblance to the Mazda3, as well as other recent releases.
With their big flat radiator grilles, swooping front and rear guards and tall tails, the Mazdas are like a matching set of upmarket luggage.
The interior has a modern look that features a smallish instrument binnacle with a single round dial centre and twin squared-off displays beside it. These electronic displays can be configured in different ways by the driver, even more so in the top-line Genki models.
One of our favourite options is a colourful interior by courtesy of the Mazda2 ‘Colour Pack’. Aimed at those who can get away from the conservative norm, the colour packed cars have red seats – which makes a lovely change from the seemingly endless black in most current vehicles – high-gloss red finishes on the sides of the centre console, the front-door armrest side, the highlight panel on the dash and, finally, the ventilation surrounds.