MAZDA MX-5 2001

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Crash TestScoreMaximum Score
Overall Score25.09out of 37
Frontal Offset test11.19out of 16
Side impact test13.91out of 16
Pole test (Optional)0out of 2
Bonus points0out of 3
Data suplied by euroNCAP


The tested model of Mazda MX-5 was introduced in Australia during 2000.

The MAZDA MX5(LHD) scored 11.19 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment did not hold its shape well. Protection from serious chest and leg injury was marginal for the driver.

The vehicle scored 13.91 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. There was a slight risk of serious chest and abdomen injury for the driver.

Important note: The left-hand-drive European model was tested by EuroNCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.


Safety Feature Summary

The safety feature information below is subject to change without notice. For up to date safety feature specifications for all variants, please see the safety feature table to the right or contact the manufacturer.

Dual front airbags and ABS brakes are standard equipment. The front seat belt buckles are mounted on the seats and the upper anchorages are adjustable. These features improve the fit of the seat belt. Pretensioners are fitted to the seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash.

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Frontal Offset Crash Test Results

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Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Frontal Offset* 11.19 pts (out of 16)
Head/Neck 4 pts
Chest 1.99 pts
Upper Legs 2 pts
Lower Legs 3.2 pts

The passenger compartment was judged to be unstable in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 115mm and the clutch pedal moved upwards 67mm. The steering wheel hub moved rearwards 46mm, upwards 28mm and sideways 34mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 81mm rearwards. The width of the driver's doorway shortened by 61mm. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash tools were required to open the driver’s door.

The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Steering column components were a potential source of injury for the driver's knees. The passenger's knees were also at risk from dash components.

What is frontal offset test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Side Impact Test Results

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Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Side Impact* 13.91 pts (out of 16)
Head 4 pts
Chest 3.14 pts
Abdomen 2.77 pts
Pelvis 4 pts

The vehicle was not eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it did not have head-protecting side airbags. This test can earn a further two points.

What is side impact test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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