Mazda MX-30 arrives with 5 star safety

By March 31, 2021 Safety

The Mazda MX-30 has entered the Australasian market with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, demonstrating high levels of safety performance across the four key areas of assessment. The Mazda MX-30 is the seventh vehicle to be independently assessed by ANCAP against the more expansive 2020-22 test and rating criteria.

Mild hybrid and battery electric variants of the MX-30 performed well, offering high levels of protection in all six of the physical crash tests. Maximum points were scored for the driver in both the side impact and oblique pole tests.

Maximum points were also scored for the front passenger in the challenging MPDB frontal offset test which was upgraded in 2020 to incorporate both the risk of injury to passengers of the test vehicle as well as occupants of an opponent struck vehicle. The physical front-end design of the MX-30 saw it score very well in minimising the risk posed to occupants of an opponent vehicle, with only a very moderate deduction of 0.57 points applied for vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility.

Further, maximum points were scored for the protection of child occupants in both the frontal offset and side impact tests, and good results were achieved across the Vulnerable Road User Protection and Safety Assist areas of assessment.

“The ANCAP rating process is designed to encourage all-round performance across both physical crashworthiness and active collision avoidance functionality, and it’s pleasing to see the MX-30 perform well across the spectrum,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, Carla Hoorweg.

“The MX-30 is the first vehicle we’ve rated that is equipped with the full range of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems as standard. While performance of the pedestrian and cyclist-detecting AEB system showed some room for improvement, the Australasian-specified model offers a superior level of standard fitment over that of its European equivalent, providing Australian and New Zealand consumers with an increased level of safety.”

“Vehicles entering the market today will generally remain on our roads for 10 years, so it is important the best safety features and technologies available are included as they go a long way to preventing future crashes and helping reduce road deaths and serious injuries,” Ms Hoorweg said.

Post-crash rescue sheets for the MX-30 have also been supplied by Mazda as part of the ANCAP assessment process – a particularly important aspect given the hybrid and battery electric powertrains offered across the MX-30 range. Rescue sheets are a recently introduced requirement that assist first responders at the scene of a crash.

The full technical report is available here: ANCAP TECHNICAL REPORT – Mazda MX-30