The all-new 2014 Mazda 3 has received a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating in the latest round of crash tests by the European vehicle collision analysis body.
Both the Mazda 3 hatchback and Mazda 3 Fastback were rated as top safety performers, receiving a maximum rating by Euro NCAP.
Once again, Mazda’s Skyactiv chassis construction has proved its worth, with the high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel protection its passengers brilliantly, and the pedestrian-friendly bodywork providing excellent cushioning to the test dummies in an impact.
The Mazda 3’s performance marked it out as one of the safest cars in Europe, achieving an outstanding 93% for adult protection and 86% for child protection.
Euro NCAP’s testers remarked that the Mazda 3 showed “good protection of the knees and legs of the driver and passenger,” with the car scoring “maximum points in the side impact barrier test, with good protection of all body regions.”
In the event of a rear end collision, Mazda’s new family hatchback will stand up well, too, with “front seats and head restraints providing good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.”
As you’d expect from a family-focused vehicle, child protection was also excellent. The Mazda 3 scored top marks for protection of infants in the one and a half-year-old class, with this and the three-year-old test dummy both “properly contained within their protective shells, minimising head contact with interior parts,” in the side barrier test.
It’s easy to install all manner of child seat-friendly restraints in the Mazda 3, too, so not only is safety good, but it’s practical in day-to-day life as well.
As we mentioned above, it’s not just its passengers the Mazda 3 protects. Euro NCAP stated the car’s bumper achieved a full score for the protection the bumper provided to pedestrians legs, with the bonnet offering good protection over most of its surface.
This resulted in a score of 65% overall for pedestrian detection.
A standard fit electronic stability control system and a driver-configurable speed limiter device impressed the official testers, and with Mazda’s optional i-Activesense safety function to keep you protected, the Mazda 3 is always watching over you.
The i-Activesense package offers 12 sensors to scan the road ahead and behind to watch you blind spots, while an active lane keep assist function keeps you between the white lines.
There’s also an automatic city brake function that will stop the car to avoid or mitigate the impacts of a collision – another positive for pedestrian safety.
The all-new Mazda 3 goes on sale in January 2014, so you’ve not got long to try one out.
As soon as we get the new car in our Bookham, Surrey and Orpington, Kent T W White & Sons Mazda dealerships, we’ll let you know via the blog so you can book a test drive.