The brand new Mazda 2 is Mazda’s latest offering in the competitive and saturated supermini market. This is one of the great emerging markets in the automotive industry, and the Mazda 2 faces stiff competition. This is the third-generation 2 model in the UK, and it seems to be the same but different.

There’s a charm about this car that it’s difficult to find with other rival models. It could be the design, or it might just be that this is a little car chock full of character. This is set to be a busy year for Mazda – they’re launching three new models in 2015. But the 2 will be the most important for them. Sensibly Mazda have kept to the same sensibilities that made the previous model a success. But they’ve just made this one a little bit more modern and up to date.

In fact, if you’re interested in getting on of the previous models to try out you can always visit Lifestyle Motor Group. Have a look at what they’ve got on offer and get to grips with the previous 2, so you know what to expect.

The new 2 has very much set the cat among the pigeons in the supermini sector. It’ll leave market leaders like the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo watching their respective bumpers.

But Mazda have always produced their best as the underdogs and the 2 is no exception to this rule. It’s a bold, stylish and complex little car that could well change your life as a driver.

Using their renowned Kodo design, Mazda have upped the ante with the newest 2 model. It’s still sharp, sophisticated and modern but has echoes of the Mazda 3. It has extra additions now to make it rival the market competitors. It’s bigger, bolder and badder than ever before, and it looks set to have a big year ahead of it.

There’s a larger interior and bigger boot space, making the vehicle more practical than you’ve been used to. And one of the biggest aces in the hole is the power and pace of this little beauty. It’s kitted out with a 1.5 litre engine boasting 89 brake horsepower that gives you a brisk and spirited drive.

It’s an efficient and practical car. And it makes full use of Mazda’s award-winning SkyActiv technologies. It’s fuel efficient and produces CO2 emissions low enough to be tax-friendly. So you’re saving yourself money each time you go out on the road, and helping the environment to boot (pun intended).

The performance of the 2 is second to none. Much of it has been modelled on the MX-5, and this is clear from the interior and the drive itself. It’s a responsive and seamless drive. The car handles well, corners wonderfully and makes for a comfortable and exciting ride. For an extra £400 you can cram the car full of fantastic optional extras such as an extra safety kit.

The cabin design is trendy and sophisticated, and it perfectly complements the exterior. It offers a sense of fun, freedom and excitement. In fact, it’s just about the best prospect you can get for a little shy of £14,000.