Mazda Ireland tells us it wants to help drivers beat the Budget by driving down the cost of new car ownership.

Mazda has frozen the VRT increase on the Mazda2 – the Japanese brand's stylish super-mini.

With a VRT saving of €500 on all Mazda2 models, the 2013 Mazda2 is available from €14,795.

In addition, Mazda is looking to ease the cost of change: customers can avail of up to €1,500 Trade-In Bonus allowance.

One of the stars of this segment, the stylish Mazda2 built its reputation on reliability and build quality.

Ultra-nimble and responsive driving manners make it one of the benchmark cars for driving dynamics.

The Mazda2 Sensu is the best-selling Mazda2 model in Ireland.

Now with Bluetooth fitted as standard, other equipment highlights include: air conditioning, 15" alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls, extra roof and side airbags, and electric-folding heated door mirrors.

With a lightweight yet rigid body construction, the Mazda2 sips fuel and produces far fewer CO2 emissions.

The Mazda2 delivers 5.0L/100kms (54MPG) while yearly road tax from January 2013 is €200 (Band A4), thanks to the low CO2 output of 115g.

The Mazda2 delivers some of the B-segment's best crash safety, achieving the highest possible ranking of five stars in the Euro-NCAP testing.

Its passive safety package includes six airbags, ABS, electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist.