Mazda’s latest CX-30 crossover has set a new standard for passenger protection in the latest round of vehicle crash testing.
The £23,000 compact SUV scored a near-perfect 99 per cent for adult occupant protection (AOP) in the Euro NCAP testing – the highest ever recorded.
AOP testing assesses the protection offered to the driver and front-seat passenger in the event of a crash from various angles. The Mazda achieved maximum points in the full-width barrier, side impact and side pole tests.
Matthew Avery, director of insurance research, Thatcham Research comments, “This is a truly impressive result. The Mazda CX-30 is a mainstream vehicle, available at an affordable price point performing at the highest level in impact testing. In the event of an accident, there are few safer places to be than the front seats of the Mazda CX-30.”
“The structure of the vehicle and the performance of its restraints are key. Especially in the side pole test which encourages car makers to fit side-curtain airbags to protect occupants’ heads in a collision.”
The CX-30 scored lower for protection offered to child occupants (86 per cent) and vulnerable road users (80 per cent) but was still among the overall top performers in the latest round of testing. Its safety assist score of 77 per cent put it in the top 10 cars tested this year and helped the car attain a five-star rating by Euro NCAP.
Mercedes’ latest model – the GLB also achieved a five-star rating. It scored 92 per cent for AOP and actually outscored the Mazda for child occupant protection (88 per cent).
Vauxhall’s all-new Corsa, which begins customer deliveries in January, just missed out on a five-star rating due to poor whiplash protection.
The supermini achieved 84 per cent for AOP and 69 per cent in safety assist but points scored for its autonomous emergency braking system were not counted due to the performance of its seat and head restraints in whiplash testing.
Avery commented: “The Vauxhall Corsa gains a solid four-stars. Although this is not a bad result, Vauxhall will be disappointed to fall short of a five-star rating, which could have been achieved with greater focus on protecting passengers from whiplash injuries. Small cars are more likely to be involved in whiplash crashes, due to ‘run around’ town use and their lightweight structures. Both of these factors require high levels of whiplash protection in the front and rear.”