2017 upgrades for Mazda2 supermini

Fiesta rival gets improved interior materials and exterior styling tweaks

The Mazda2 supermini has received a light facelift for 2017, with subtle but welcome improvements coming to this Ford Fiesta rival’s exterior, interior and mechanical underpinnings.

Mazda has honed, rather than redesigned, the 2’s body. The front radiator grille gets a new grey finish and the long, thin radio aerial gets usurped by a smaller ‘shark-fin’, while the door mirrors get a power-folding option. Mazda is also introducing some new alloy-wheel finishes, while fresh red, grey and blue paint colours will be offered.

Inside, Mazda is introducing a new leather trim option, while fresh patterns are being rolled out for cars with fabric upholstery. The steering wheel gets redesigned for improved grip, while the optional head-up display boasts a colour – rather than monochrome – screen.

The 2 also gets some invisible improvements for 2017 – although these should be welcome nonetheless: extra sound-deadening has been engineered throughout the car, while 2s with a petrol engine come with the same sound-insulating windscreen fitted to diesel cars. Those sitting in the rear are likely to have toastier feet, too, thanks to the addition of extra heater ducts below the front seats.

Mazda’s supermini has also come in for some handling improvements. New suspension components should increase smoothness and comfort, while the company has installed its ‘G-Vectoring Control’ system. This alters the amount of torque (turning force) being sent to the front wheels if it detects steering inputs are being made when the car is accelerating. It’s said to improve grip and control, as well as driver involvement.

There are no changes to the Mazda 2’s engine range, so buyers can still choose from a 1.5-litre petrol available with three power outputs, or a 1.5-litre 89bhp diesel.

Recommended

New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron available to order now
2021 Audi Q4 e-tron SUV - front 3/4 dynamic
Audi
5 Jul 2021

New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron available to order now

Most Popular

New Volkswagen Passat set to launch in 2023
2023 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat
9 Sep 2021

New Volkswagen Passat set to launch in 2023

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

Ford Focus Active hatchback review
Ford Focus Active hatchback
Ford Focus Active hatchback
16 Sep 2021

Ford Focus Active hatchback review

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks