The most recent round of Euro NCAP crash test results have been released, and one of the cars to be subjected to the brutal rigmarole of testing is the hot new 2016 Mazda MX-5. The latest version of the Japanese roadster – now in fourth-generation ND guise – has scored four stars out of a maximum five.

Actual crash protection was not the cause for the docking of one star – the agency stated that the car provided good overall protection, with only the chest area in the tough side pole impact test marked as marginal. It even offered good pedestrian protection, thanks to its active pop-up bonnet.

No, where the MX-5 fell down was in its safety assist rating – although the car is available with a lane departure warning system, it doesn’t have any form of autonomous emergency braking (AEB), not even as an option. This area was also where the Audi TT fell short, and thus also settled for a four-star rating.

The ND Mazda MX-5 is currently on sale in Malaysia, priced at RM219,999 on-the-road without insurance. Although pricey, it’s at least fully-kitted, not least in terms of safety – four airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), High Beam Control (HBC) and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). It’s powered by a 158 hp/200 Nm 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated SkyActiv-G four-pot, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox; a manual option will arrive later on.

2016 Mazda MX-5 launched in Malaysia