Mazda has held a long-standing reputation as some of the safest and most reliable cars on the market. Perfecting the sweet spot of a high-quality car at an affordable price.
So it’s no surprise that Mazda would continue this tradition into the new Next-Gen Mazda 3, launching to the public in April of 2019.
Well, I don’t know if it’s THE safest car EVER, but the Mazda 3 safety rating is setting a new benchmark in the automotive industry.
Receiving a 5-start ANCAP and Euro NCAP rating with results that will shock you.
Scoring record-breaking results in driver occupancy safety, the 2019 Next-Gen Mazda3 boasts a whopping 98% or 37.5 out of 38 for “adult occupancy protection”, as stated in ANCAP’s (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) and Euro NCAP's independent test reports published in May 2019.
Not only is this good news for those eager to get their hands on the stylish new car, but also for Mazda. The results are not only impressive and record-breaking, they indicate new competition for the luxury car market.
Previously, luxury cars were known for their high levels of safety. But, these results are now putting manufacturers such as Mazda above luxury brands like as BMW who’s X5 scored 89%, and even Jaguar whos I-Pace received a score of 91%, based on test results.
Even the Mercedes A-Class, one of the safest cars on the road, fell short with an impressive but not quite enough 96%.
ANCAP’s maximum 5-star rating applies to all Next-Gen Mazda 3 from April 2019 onwards, from the top of the range G25 Astina, all the way to the entry-level G20 Pure.
This is achieved by several advancements in the upgraded Mazda 3 such as the introduction of a 7th or knee airbag for the first time. The new 3 now comes as standard with an entire suite of safety features across the entire range, something that was a pricey upgrade (if possible) in previous models.
Mazda also stated that a big part of this is due to the increased usage of 980 MPa or higher grade ultra-high-tensile steel, from 3% in previous models to 30% in the new Next-Gen Mazda 3.
It is also the first in the world to incorporate 1,310 MPa grade ultra-high-tensile steel into parts of its framework.
Let's go over what the NCAP results mean to you.
ANCAP is the “Australasian New Car Assessment Program”, an independent vehicle safety authority who publish safety ratings and reports of new passenger vehicles, SUV’s and light commercial vehicles entering the Australian and New Zealand market.
Providing a rating of 0 to 5 stars, this indicates the safety level provided to occupants and pedestrians in the event of an accident.
They also consider the ability to avoid or minimise the effects of a crash through technology and safety features.
To keep it simple, the more stars, the safer the car!
Personally, I love the new design and level of quality that comes with the 2019 Next-Gen Mazda 3.
Although many people people think the price increase is a bit much for a Mazda (and I agree), seeing such results does start to help you understand there is a lot more in the car as standard and you are getting what you pay for.
There are not many cars in this price range offering a higher safety rating than six-figure prestige vehicles.
So what’s more important, a few extra dollars a week on your car loan repayments or peace of mind and safety for you and your family?