The video above shows the Mazda CX-3 undergoing Euro NCAP’s barrage of tests, necessary for it to earn the stars it needs to go on sale in Europe.

Tests include frontal impact at 64 km/h, with 40% of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the full width test, 100% of the width of the car the car goes into a rigid barrier at 50 km/h. In the side impact test, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver’s door at 50 km/h. Lastly, the car is propelled sideways at 32 km/h into a rigid pole in the pole test.

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The compact SUV emerges with four out of five stars, with a decent 85% score in Adult Occupant and 79% in Child Occupant. Euro NCAP also rates pedestrian safety and the car’s safety systems, and the Mazda scored 84% and 64% respectively. The safety body hinted that what really cost the CX-3 the max five stars is the lack of autonomous emergency braking system as standard. AEB is offered as an option, but uptake is expected to be low.

The CX-3 scored maximum points in many tests, but Euro NCAP also noted that readings of chest compression in the rear passenger dummy indicated weak protection of that body region, despite standard-fit seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters in the rear seats. Separately, rear seat occupants get poor whiplash protection.

The CX-3 is coming soon to Malaysia, and a CBU Japan 2.0 litre variant could go for around RM120k.