Yaris or the Honda Jazz or all the rest of the little cars in showrooms. The engine is strong enough for the job, and there is nothing spooky in the handling, though there is still a fair bit of tyre roar on some surfaces.
And it runs on regular unleaded, which is a cross against the rival Volkswagen Polo which now sets the overall standard for the class.
The booted sedan has a huge cavity in the tail that’s easy to load and Mazda has done it without taking away from the Two’s funky looks.
It says only a tiny number of buyers wanted the outgoing three-door car and it’s easy to make a strong case for a four-door sedan.
The best thing about the upgrade is the improvement in value and, despite switching to assembly in Thailand, there appears to be no slacking in the quality department.
Doug Dickson, boss of Mazda Australia, says: ‘‘It’s a very important car for us.
‘‘It’s the entry point for the Mazda brand, and if customers have a good experience we hope they’ll stay and try something else.’’ He is right and so is the car. The competition has never been tougher, particularly from the Volkswagen Polo, but the Mazda2 has always been near the front of the class.
Appeal: the revamped Mazda2 is seen as a stepping stone to the brand for a younger market. And now there is a big-booted sedan .