The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to The New Mazda 3
Ever since its inception in 2003, the Mazda 3 has captivated drivers and impressed reviewers across the globe with every new release. Currently in its fourth generation, the Mazda 3 finds itself in an extremely competitive class of compact cars. Does this vehicle reign supreme or has the Japanese manufacturer reached its peak with this model? Join us in this Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the Mazda 3 to find out. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the Mazda 3 as well as what to do should you accidentally misfuel this vehicle.
Four Generations of The Mazda 3
The first Mazda 3, or ‘Axela’ (a combination of “accelerate” and “excellent”) as it was known in the Japanese market, was released in 2003 for the 2004 model year and was designed to be a compact car with enough room to accommodate a small family comfortably. However, the car came available in a hatchback as well as a sedan option from the get-go, exposing itself to a larger family market that would need the extra space. The car was well received initially due to its ahead-of-the-time exterior design, something that the manufacturer tends to keep alive with each new generational release.
The second-generation Mazda 3 debuted in 2008 and even though it carried over the C1 architecture from the first generation, it featured a restyled exterior and had a facelift – remnants of which can still be seen in the design of the third and fourth generations. It was slightly bigger than its predecessor and was marginally longer and wider. The 2012 update featured the Skyactiv powertrain – a technology that the Japanese manufacturer still makes use of today.
The third instalment of the popular compact car came in 2014 and saw Skyactiv technology fully embraced, with the exterior design taking on the shape that we see in the current form. This generation featured a further streamlined exterior design with a classy, minimalist interior. This generation was also quieter on the road thanks to the multi-link suspension being replaced by a more compact torsion beam with sound-muffling materials added.
The Fourth Generation Mazda 3 – the Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide
The current, fourth-generation BP Mazda 3 officially launched in Australia in 2019 after it was first unveiled in November 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As part of Mazda’s global naming structure, the Axela nameplate was dropped completely for this generation in the Japanese markets.
The vehicle has been fully redesigned – as per the manufacturer – and assumed a matured interpretation of the so-called Kodo design language. The hatchback and the sedan differ slightly in appearance with the models only sharing the same hood and headlights design, while the front wing fenders and front doors are designed uniquely for each style, giving each its own personality.
The exterior is no doubt one of the standout impressions of the new Mazda 3 and has been widely celebrated. It’s a sleek design that is beautiful in its simplicity, in line with the current design trend of just about everything at the moment. The designers have done away with unnecessary detail to rely more on organic shapes and forms, enabling the fluid lines to conform to the lighting and scenery around it – a concept that works incredibly well. It truly is one of the best-looking cars on the market to date.
As far as colours go, the Mazda 3 is available in the following options:
- Soul Red Crystal Metallic
- Machine Grey Metallic
- Sonic Silver Metallic
- Platinum Quartz Metallic
- Deep Crystal Blue Mica
- Jet Black Mica
- Snowflake White Pearl Mica
- Polymetal Grey Metallic
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to The Mazda 3 Interior
The Mazda 3 is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. This vehicle is thoughtfully kitted with upscale and premium materials and offers a stack of comfort, especially in the front. The seating at the back can feel a bit cramped for adults, due to the big C-pillars and the small back window, but that additional space is a worthy sacrifice for the sleek exterior. Making for the perfect compact family car, the Mazda 3 can comfortably seat children in the back while parents take up the front seats.
An 8.8-inch infotainment display comes standard, even in the base model, and gives the impression of being larger than it actually is due to being cleverly nestled between two pillow-like dash pads. The system is easy to use and controlled exclusively by a click wheel on the console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are available in all grades besides the G20 Pure, although the rest of the infotainment system makes up for this.
One of the few downsides of the Mazda 3 is the lack of storage space for what is essentially a medium-sized family car. The boot space has 295L of storage space in the hatchback, while the sedan has 444L of capacity. While this lack of storage space can be mostly overlooked, small families with a lot of essentials to carry may take issue with it.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Choosing The Right Mazda 3
When it comes to the different grades or trims of the Mazda 3, the manufacturer didn’t hold back at all, especially in the Australian market. There are no less than eight different grades available in the 2022 selection. Below are the various Mazda 3 grades in either the sedan or hatchback models to choose from:
- G20 Pure
- G20 Evolve
- G20E Evolve
- G25 Touring
- G25 Evolve SP
- G25 GT
- G25 Astina
- X20 Astina
The range establishes itself well with the entry-level option that comes in the form of the G20 Pure. Even as the model’s benchmark option, there is very little “entry-level” about it. It impresses with an array of features that come standard such as leather trim in some parts of the interior, as well as 16-inch alloy wheels. Going up in grades incrementally offers more features in addition to the grade below it which, naturally, comes at incremental price increases as well.
The top-of-the-line Astina versions offer out-there extras like Bose® premium audio, power sliding and tilt glass sun-roof, and vision technology as standard. All of this is available in addition to other extra, beneficial, features of the middle-of-the-line models.
If you do find yourself battling to choose between any of the grades, the comparison feature on Mazda Australia’s website does a good job of enabling you to compare up to three different grades in the range, side-by-side. In addition, they also have a build-it-yourself option, like many manufacturers nowadays, to make it easier for consumers to add extra features.
Pricing of The Mazda 3
Even though it subtly, and indirectly, competes with more premium cars, the Mazda 3 has always been well-priced for the compact car that it is. This is once again the case with the 2022 models as you are guaranteed immense value for the price that you pay, and pricing is identical between the hatchback and sedan options across the board.
The entry-level (we use this term loosely) G20 Pure starts from $27,040 while the top-grade X20 Astina M hybrid is available from $43,190 – still a reasonable amount considering that you get somewhat of a premium-like package for a compact car price.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Engines, Economy and Safety of The Mazda 3
Mazda, being dedicated to simplicity, has only two engine types for the Mazda 3 in the Australian market. Both are only available in a petrol option after Mazda discontinued the previous diesel offering, though you do get the choice of having either a manual or auto transmission. The G20 versions and X20 Astina models carry a 2.0 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16-valve DOHC S-VT engine with i-stop, while the Evolve SP, GT, and G25 Astina all have a 2.5 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16-valve DOHC S-VT engine with i-stop and cylinder deactivation.
In terms of performance, the smaller 2.0-litre has 114kW power at 6000rpm with a peak torque of 213Nm delivered at 4,000 rpm. Mazda claims 10.4 seconds from 0-62mph for manual cars, with automatic versions taking 10.8 seconds with a top speed of 122mph. The bigger 2.5-litre engine has 139kW of power at 6000rpm with peak torque coming in at 252Nm at 4000rpm. The claimed fuel consumption varies between 6.2L/100 km and 6.6L/100 km, depending on the engine and transmission combination.
On the safety spectrum, the Mazda 3 does well. The fourth-generation Mazda 3 achieved the maximum five-star safety rating from the Australia New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). This is thanks to things like AEB that can detect cars, pedestrians, and cyclists, as well as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, tyre-pressure monitoring and a reversing camera that comes as standard.
In need of a Wrong Fuel Rescue for your Mazda 3?
Wrong Fuel Rescue has rescued dozens of vehicles since we started our operations. We’re proud to be the most efficient and most cost-effective solution to getting your Mazda 3 safely back on the road in the case of misfuelling. Our skilled, mobile roadside mechanics are located in Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, and Brisbane. If you have accidentally misfulled your Mazda 3, give us a call and we’ll be able to assist you.
Misfuelling is something that can happen anywhere and to anyone – even the most experienced drivers. If you’ve accidentally put diesel in your petrol Mazda 3, here is what you need to do:
- Remain calm – 99% of misfuelling mishaps are repairable
- Avoid switching the vehicle on if you’ve realised your mistake beforehand
- If you only realise your mistake after driving again, stop the car as soon as possible and when it is safe to do so
- Get in contact with Wrong Fuel Rescue right away
- Wait for one of our skilful mechanics to come and assist you and get you back on the road
In this scenario, the Wrong Fuel Rescue mechanic will need to take every precaution to remove all of the incorrect diesel that has been put into the vehicle. A full tank drain is required, along with a fuel system flush to minimise any potential damage to the car’s fuel system.
The spark plugs then need to be cleaned or replaced to get rid of any carbon deposit. In many instances, there could be cylinder misfires on the engine management system, in which case the mechanic will need to scan, clear, and review any fault with specialised scanning software that each attendant is equipped with.
Here are some warning signs that you may have put diesel in your petrol Mazda 3:
- Engine misfiring – your vehicle might feel like it is jerking
- Excess smoke from the exhaust due to unburnt fuel
- Engine cut out
- Engine battling to start or failing to do so completely
Should you find yourself in our areas of operation with the wrong fuel in your Mazda 3, rest assured that the Wrong Fuel Rescue team will be able to assist you in a heartbeat. Just get in touch with us and we’ll get you back on the road as soon as we can.