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Mazda CX-30 2020 aces crash safety testing

The Mazda CX-30 scored an unprecedented 99 per cent in Euro NCAP’s adult occupant protection crash test.

Mazda’s upcoming CX-30 small SUV has scored a maximum five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, headlined by a near-flawless 99 per cent adult occupant protection score.

The result is Euro NCAP’s highest adult occupant protection score, beating out the likes of the BMW 3 Series (97%), Telsa Model 3 (96%), Mercedes-Benz EQC (96%) and Toyota RAV4 (93%), while the mechanically related Mazda3 small car is placed second with a 98 per cent tally.

In the child occupant test, the CX-30 scored 86 per cent, dropping points for only marginal neck protection for dummies mimicking 10-year old kids.

Euro NCAP also notes that the front passenger airbag can also be disabled, allowing the fitment of a rearward-facing child seat.

The vulnerable road users test yielded an 80 per cent result thanks to a pedestrian and cyclist detecting autonomous emergency braking system.

The CX-30 adult occupant protection score is higher than that of the BMW 3 Series, Telsa Model 3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC. The CX-30 adult occupant protection score is higher than that of the BMW 3 Series, Telsa Model 3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC.

Finally, the CX-30 netted a 77 per cent score in the safety assist category, with standard equipment including traffic sign recognition, speed-limit information, lane-keep assist and seatbelt reminders.

Though the Euro NCAP rating only applies to overseas versions of the CX-30, Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak said the brand will work with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) on the local market score.

“Australian customers demand the highest safety standards and Mazda CX-30 is set to deliver with exceptional scores across the board for both active and passive safety,” he said.

“We look forward to working with ANCAP to localise the results in the New Year.”

The CX-30 is expected to launch in Australia early next year, and as CarsGuide has previously reported, will be offered with either a 114kW 2.0-litre or 139kW 2.5-litre engine in front- or all-wheel-drive form.

Full pricing and specifications are expected to be revealed closer to the CX-30’s on-sale date.