Leslies Review: The All New Mazda3 - Ahead of the All New Mazda3 Launch

Is there a better hatchback on the road than the all new Mazda 3? Leslies Motors would argue; no. The combination of athletic good looks and sheer driving pleasure make a serious statement.

The previous Mazda 3 was a family staple. There was plenty of room for the kids and the dog, but its muscular good looks and sporty drive was enough to keep Mum & Dad’s hair from turning grey. The all-new 2019 Mazda 3 is all this, and so much more; seductive presence and sporty appeal.

From the outside it’s taken Mazda’s design philosophy to the next level; Kodo Design – the soul of motion. The Mazda 3’s fluid flowing lines hint the potential for sheer driving pleasure; it stirs your senses even before you get comfortable in the driver’s seat. The master craftsmen at Mazda have created a dynamic pose, ready to pounce the moment you touch the throttle.

The range of engines is another reason for Mazda being a left-field option. While other manufacturers are making small petrol engines boosting their miniscule power with a turbo, the clever engineers at Mazda are pushing the limits of combustion engine technology. The Mazda 3’s sporty looks are powered by an ultra-lightweight 2.0 SkyActiv-G petrol engine. As race fans say; “There is no replacement for displacement”.

Mazda claims that larger engines get closer to the economy figures in the brochure, than their turbo-charged counterparts. Also, because the engine doesn’t need to work as hard, the Mazda 3 has one the quietest and most refined cabins in its class. The 2.0 SkyActiv-G is also Mazda’s first foray into hybrid technology, albeit a mild hybrid 48v and includes intelligent cylinder deactivation for improved efficiency.

Later, the Mazda 3 will be fitted with Mazda’s pioneering SkyActiv-X engine; taking the internal combustion engine to the apex of petrol technology – The convenience and driving pleasure of petrol, with the pulling power and economy of a diesel.


Talking of Diesel, for those company car drivers that rack up the miles, the Mazda 3 accommodates with a new 1.8 SkyActiv-D Diesel engine to cruise the motorways in refinement.

The creators of the MX-5 RF have learned a lot, including how to create the best driving car on the UK’s roads. This has translated into the all-new Mazda 3, which is at home in the country road corners or cruising along seafront esplanades. Mazda claims to have engineered a feeling, and the engineered feeling is a driving pleasure. The Mazda 3 exudes Mazda’s “Jinba Ittai” motto; the feeling of oneness between the driver and the car.

The feeling continues in the Mazda 3’s interior. The lines and materials compliment the exterior, on their road to becoming a premium manufacturer. The Mazda 3 features Projected Heads-up Display, 360 Parking Camera, and a choice of cloth or full grain leather interiors. The Mazda MZD display is crystal clear and sits on the dashboard to keep your eyes on the road, while the controls are instantly intuitive.

The all-new Mazda 3 is available in popular current Mazda Solid, Metallic, and Pearlescent Paints; Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Machine Grey, Sonic Silver, Artic White, Snowflake White, the brand recognizable Soul Red Crystal, and debuts the new Polymetal Grey.

Call or visit Leslies Mazda (PO31 8PG) to test drive the all-new Mazda 3 2.0 SkyActiv-G in shimmering Polymetal Grey Metallic.