Skip advert
Advertisement

Updated 2024 Mazda 2 hybrid gets a new face, but keeps Toyota body and soul

The Toyota-Mazda hybrid supermini collaboration picks up a more cohesive design

Mazda has revealed an updated version of its hybrid supermini, featuring refreshed styling front and rear. Based closely (no, entirely) on the Toyota Yaris, the Mazda 2 Hybrid has until now only had the Mazda badging to distinguish it. This update changes that. 

The two still share their basic body and lights, but new bumpers, plus some fresh wheels, have made a substantial difference to the car’s look. This helps the hybrid sit much more cohesively in Mazda’s stylish range, and helps create some distance between the 2 and its Toyota Yaris sister car. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

Inside, the simple and hard wearing interior has been left largely intact, with only minor changes to the trim and interior colours, but the tech package has been updated. This includes a larger 10.5-inch touchscreen now sitting atop the dash, with slicker smartphone connection and higher screen resolution. The interface is still Toyota’s basic system, though, rather than Mazda’s click-wheel MZD-Connect setup found in other models. There’s also a new 12.3-inch digital dial pack on high-spec models, plus high-end options like a head-up display and a glass roof. 

Of course, the key reason for this collaboration is Mazda’s desire to offer a hybrid supermini powertrain, something which this new model continues to do. Under the bonnet sits the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a small but effective self-charging hybrid system. It produces 114bhp, but more importantly is capable of a very impressive 74.3mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and only produces 87g/km of CO2. 

UK prices and specifications have yet to be confirmed, but the existing model’s price point and range structure should remain largely the same. As it stands, the three-model line up starts at £23,730, but the new model will probably mimic the four-trim range structure available elsewhere in the Mazda range. 

Not to confuse things, the mild-hybrid Mazda 2 supermini is also still available. That is Mazda’s own model and a completely different car to this Mazda 2 Hybrid. It has also recently undergone a tidy facelift and starts at £18,615.

Now read our in-depth review of the Mazda 2...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Senior staff writer

Senior staff writer at Auto Express, Jordan joined the team after six years at evo magazine where he specialised in news and reviews of cars at the high performance end of the car market. 

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Top 10 cheapest hybrid cars to buy
Cheapest hybrid cars - header image
Best cars & vans

Top 10 cheapest hybrid cars to buy

Hybrid cars can save you money thanks to their lower running costs – here are the 10 cheapest hybrid models on sale in the UK today
16 May 2024
Bentley W12 engine is dead: long live the ‘Ultra Performance Hybrid’ powertrain
New Bentley 'Ultra Performance Hybrid' engine
News

Bentley W12 engine is dead: long live the ‘Ultra Performance Hybrid’ powertrain

The iconic 12-cylinder Bentley engine bids farewell after 21 years of service
8 May 2024
Beijing Motor Show 2024: all the key cars and why they matter
Geneva Motor Show
News

Beijing Motor Show 2024: all the key cars and why they matter

The word’s major car manufacturers wheeled out their latest cars in China this month
26 Apr 2024
Mazda EZ-6 is a sleek, rear-wheel drive saloon we wish was coming to the UK
The new Mazda EZ-6 front 3/4
News

Mazda EZ-6 is a sleek, rear-wheel drive saloon we wish was coming to the UK

The new Mazda EZ-6 might not fill a gap here in Mazda’s UK range, but it might preview a car that does
25 Apr 2024

Most Popular

New Kia EV3 is a £30k electric car with a 372-mile range
Kia EV3 - front
News

New Kia EV3 is a £30k electric car with a 372-mile range

Kia expands its electric line up with the EV3 – taking plenty of inspiration from the flagship EV9
23 May 2024
Renault Scenic review
Renault Scenic UK - front
In-depth reviews

Renault Scenic review

The Renault Scenic takes a pragmatic and polished approach to zero-emissions motoring
21 May 2024
Citroen C3 review
Citroen e-C3 - front
In-depth reviews

Citroen C3 review

A clever rethink of the small, affordable car theme, the C3 and its all-electric e-C3 twin have the potential to really shake up the market
22 May 2024