Mazda CX5 scoops Scottish Car of the Year Safety Award

The Mazda CX5 crossover has won the 2012 prize for safety at the annual Scottish Car of the Year awards for its innovation in passenger and pedestrian protection.

The Mazda CX5 was commended for its Smart City Brake Support system, fitted as standard across the range. The technology uses sensors in the car’s front bumper to monitor closing distances and detect the presence of an object.

If the car’s electronic brain detects you’re closing on the vehicle in front at too quick a rate and a collision is likely, or that the driver hasn’t reacted in time (the same applies if a pedestrian should step out in front of you), it applies the brakes to avoid or lessen the impacts of a crash.

It’s effective when the speed differential between your vehicle and the car in front is less than 19mph.

With the computers instant reaction time it can apply the anchors that split second before you can, nullifying the time it takes for your brain to react and tell your foot to stamp on the braked pedal, allowing you to take over and finish the manoeuvre once you’ve reacted.

The Scottish Car of the Year Safety Award achieved by the Mazda CX5 is the latest acknowledgement of the car’s superb all round abilities in an already lengthy list of achievements.

The safe, sporty and efficient crossover was crowned Auto Express magazine’s Best Crossover, while the compact Japanese SUV has also picked up awards for its stunning design and superb efficiency, winning a European Design Award and being crowned What Car? magazine’s top SUV in its green car awards.

A choice of powerful petrol and diesel engines are available, offering a superb blend of performance and economy.

The 175hp Skyactiv-D 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine will dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in just 8.8 seconds, while the lower powered 150hp two-wheel drive diesel model will return 61.4mpg combined with 119g/km CO2 emissions – excellent figures for a crossover model.

It’s safe, too. Thanks to its use of high-strength and ultra high-strength steel in the chassis – creating a brilliant energy-absorbent passenger compartment – the Mazda CX5 receives a full five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating.

Interested in the buzz surrounding the new Mazda CX5 and fancy sampling the car to see why it’s bulging trophy cabinet just keeps on growing? Why not visit our dedicated Mazda sales centres in Bookham, Surrey, or Orpington, Kent and take a test drive.