Trevor Collett | Feb 14, 2014

The 2014 Mazda3 has scored the maximum 5-star safety rating in the latest round of Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) testing.

Both sedan and hatch variants scored 5-stars, following on from the outgoing model which also achieved the maximum safety rating.

ANCAP Chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh, was pleased that one of Australia’s best-selling cars achieved the top safety rating.

"The previous model Mazda 3 accounted for a considerable seven percent of all Australian passenger car sales in 2013,” Mr McIntosh said.

“If the new Mazda 3 is to sell in similar numbers, this will mean tens of thousands of consumers are again purchasing a car with excellent safety performance.”

While pleased with the result, Mr McIntosh called on Mazda to offer more safety features as standard

"Head-protecting side airbags for rear seat passengers is now required for a 5-star rating, as is a higher score in the pedestrian protection test,” Mr McIntosh said.

“The Mazda 3 ticks these boxes yet life-saving technology such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is still only offered as an option on Australian-sold models. In the UK, AEB comes standard."

Safety features for all 2014 Mazda3 variants include six airbags, ABS, stability control, electronic brake-force distribution with Brake Assist and an Emergency Signal System, which activates the flashing hazard lights if a driver brakes suddenly at speeds of 50km/h or higher.

A ‘Safety Pack’ which adds a rear-view mirror with Auto-Dimming Function, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart City Brake Support (or AEB) is optional with all models except the top-shelf SP25 Astina, in which all safety features are standard.

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