ANCAP: All-New Mazda3 Scores Maximum 5-Star Safety Rating

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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  • martin says,
    10 months ago
    3 likes
    that front number plate - gets me every time.laugh
    • Ashley says,
      10 months ago
      3 likes
      same here on the number plate, i would have thought it would be mounted just under the grill, like on every other car... ever smile.
    • cyclone says,
      10 months ago
      1 like
      Mazda have worked with the state governments to ensure they don't give out standard issue plates (For the smallest fee) Imagine nsw's beautiful black on yellow plates on that mouth
      • Doctor says,
        10 months ago
        I don't understand why we still have to have front plates.
        • Kermit says,
          10 months ago
          1 like
          Why didn't they just do what Renault did with the Clio? It just looks wrong.
        • markwa says,
          10 months ago
          To make sure all revenue raising cameras and toll cameras get every cent they need to make up for poor government smile (Also most WA speed camera take front photos not rear like over east).
        • markwa says,
          10 months ago
          Really don't like the styling of the new 3 but I will wait to see one in real life before writing it off as bad. I really do not like the over the top huge black grills. They look ok on some but on others like this 3 it looks crap.
  • Chest Rockjaw says,
    10 months ago
    2 likes
    Just had a look at a hatch... The boot is too small at 308 litres. This is a deal killer for me.
    • Birdseye says,
      10 months ago
      The sedan has heaps more room and looks better, problem solvedsmile
      • DC says,
        9 months ago
        Heaps more room? Bahh with the tiny boot opening? And goose neck hinges? It's longer in length. Nothing will beat the hatches utility...
        Agree it looks better still prefer hatch.. If realty wanted a sedan would go for a 6
  • timmy201 says,
    10 months ago
    I'm sure a "Tow Plate" will be launched quite soon from an aftermarket supplier. They have been out for the last model 3, and the new 6

    http://www.corksport.com/corksport-license-plate-bracket-relocation-kit-for-2014-mazda-6.html

    http://cp-e.com/webstore/product/mazda3-mazdaspeed3-gen2-towplate/
    • martin says,
      9 months ago
      1 like
      sorry, but that alfa-esque solution is no solution. just sticking it in the lower grille is the solution.
  • martin says,
    9 months ago
    1 like
    if they'd made the grill shallower, the car would look even better, and there'd be a logical place for the number plate - still scratching my head Mr Zoomzoom.
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