Mazda MX-5 ANCAP results 1

The Mazda MX-5 has been awarded with a five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Previously, the roadster was given a four-star rating by ANCAP’s sister organisation Euro NCAP in October last year.

Confused? Well, the reason behind the lower rating from Euro NCAP is because the MX-5 does not come with active safety equipment such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) — something that isn’t required under ANCAP’s criteria for a five-star rating, at least for now.

In ANCAP’s test report, the MX-5 managed to score 35.2 out of a possible 37 points, with a total of 1.8 points being deducted in the head/neck and lower leg portions of the frontal offset test. More impressively, the roadster managed to score the highest ANCAP pedestrian protection score ever with 33.72 out of 36 points, besting even the Volvo V40 (31.76).

One of the reasons behind the notable result is the MX-5’s active or ‘pop-up’ bonnet, which is designed to provide extra clearance between a pedestrian’s head and the vehicle’s stiff components beneath in the event of an accident. The five-star ANCAP rating is applicable to all variants of the sports car sold in Australia built since September last year.

While giving the MX-5 praise, ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin still highlighted the MX-5’s lack of active safety equipment. “Autonomous emergency braking, active lane support and speed assistance systems are lacking. As a newly designed model – one that is likely to remain in the market for some time – it is concerning to see these important safety technologies have been overlooked,” he said.

ANCAP, together with the Australian Medical Association (AMA), are pushing the Australian federal government to make compulsory a number of safety features, including AEB. A study by Euro NCAP and ANCAP revealed that the system significantly reduces the number of road accidents by up to 38%.

The Malaysian-spec Mazda MX-5 is currently on sale, priced at RM219,999 on-the-road without insurance. In terms of safety, the roadster comes equipped with four airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), High Beam Control (HBC) and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).