THE all-electric Mazda MX-30 has been awarded the maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP in its latest series of tests, with 91 per cent and 87 per cent scores in its respective adult and child occupancy categories.
The 91 per cent rating is the best adult occupant protection result yet registered amongst all vehicles tested in the latest 2020 Euro NCAP tests.
Achieving maximum points in the lateral impact tests, the MX-30 also scored full marks for crash test performance based on six and ten-year old children for both frontal and lateral impact.
The MX-30 is the first Mazda to achieve an overall five-star rating under the new more stringent 2020 Euro NCAP crashworthiness rating regime which introduces new tests to enhance assessment of occupant protection and post-crash protection, plus promote the latest in advanced driver assistance active safety technology.
The all-electric small SUV MX-30 joins the CX-5 (2017), Mazda6 (2018), Mazda3 and CX-30 (2019) in achieving a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
The Mazda MX-30 performed impressively in all four Euro NCAP test categories: Adult Occupant: 91 per cent, Child Occupant: 87 per cent, Vulnerable Road User (pedestrian safety): 68 per cent and Safety Assist: 73 per cent.
However, the MX-30 disappoints on its vulnerable road users' collision avoidance capabilities, said Euro NCAP, showing mediocre test performance and lacking more advanced functionalities, such as turn-across-path intervention.
A stand out design element of the all-electric small family car is its Freestyle rear doors which are hinged from the rear, a heritage link to the 2003 Mazda RX-8. This, however, doesn't adversely affect safety.
In fact, the "analysis of the deformed crush element from the offset frontal test indicated that the MX-30 structure did not pose a high risk to the occupants of a colliding vehicle in a frontal offset impact," testers said.
"In both the side barrier test - representing a collision by another vehicle, and the more severe side pole impact, protection of all critical body areas was good and the car scored maximum points for these two tests".
Available to order now, the £27,495 MX-30 First Edition is available with a choice of free-of-charge Ceramic Metallic or Polymetal Grey Metallic single colours. The First Edition can also be ordered with either £950 three-tone Ceramic Metallic or £1,250 three-tone Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint.