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Mazda 2 Hybrid facelifted; Europe remains indifferent

Published: 11 January 2024 Updated: 11 January 2024

► 2024’s Mazda 2 Hybrid goes on sale
► Europe-only HEV based on Toyota’s Yaris
► Prices start from £24,130 in the UK

Mazda has given a cosmetic nip and tuck to its 2 Hybrid supermini, adding in some new tech and a more differentiated look compared to its Toyota Yaris twin.

The Mazda family face has been grafted onto the front with the car’s updated grille and bumper shapings and new rear lights feature as standard. New interior tech includes the base model benefitting from a full colour screen as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Exclusive-Line features more safety and parking assistance, while the top-spec Homura and Homura Plus grades throw in luxuries like digital instruments and navigation.

Otherwise, the Mazda 2 Hybrid remains the same underneath. The powertrain is the same as the Yaris Hybrid, meaning a 114bhp hybrid system connected to a CVT transmission. This isn’t a bad thing, mind – the powertrain is smooth and pretty efficient, and Mazda says the 2 Hybrid claims up to 74.3mpg and emissions as low as 87g/km depending on spec.

The Mazda 2 Hybrid is on sale now, with prices starting from £24,130 for a base-spec Centre-Line model. And, if you’re looking for a regular combustion-powered Mazda 2, the brand still sells that alongside.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches