Buyers of the Mazda 2 have a choice of three petrols - in 74bhp, 89bhp and 113bhp form - or a 104bhp turbocharged diesel engine, all coming in 1.5-litre capacity.
That diesel engine is a little bit gravelly under initial throttle applications, but settles to a remarkably hushed cruise that really distinguishes the car.
Throttle response is relatively soft, but torque comes on strongly between 2000rpm and 3000rpm, making the car feel quite brisk pulling through third and fourth gears. Pulling 39mph per 1000rpm in top, the Mazda 2 diesel has longer cruising legs than most diesel hatchbacks from one or two market segments above.
The range-topping 113bhp petrol variant goads you to rev it to access the performance, making it entertaining if you can keep the momentum going. But it's also a smooth, relaxing machine at lower revs, too. The claimed 0-62mph dash is 8.7sec and the 2 in this guise feels every bit as quick as that.
Standing-start acceleration isn’t the obvious starting point when testing the mid-range version, but the 2 has earned a reputation as an athlete among shopper hatchbacks, and this new one makes promises in a similar vein.