With such passion and commitment exhibited by the brand for building driver-oriented and safe vehicles, Mazda’s latest iteration of its Mazda6 has been awarded with a maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP. In fact, it is the first in the brand’s lineup to achieve the five-star rating upon reinforcement of the new more constricted 2018 Euro NCAP crashworthiness ratings.
This achievement was made possible through the brand’s innovative move of increasing the rigidity of its light yet impact absorbing SKYACTIV-Body architecture. Also, Mazda has given so much attention to drivers, with them providing a wider range of its advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies, as well as an improved pedestrian protection. A strategic move by the brand in order to strengthen its pillars for safety and security.
The test is composed of several categories which includes the Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road User (pedestrian safety) and safety assist. Several areas which tackles the Euro NCAP ratings. As a result, the Mazda6 was able stack up with its predecessor. In terms of scoring the new Mazda6 bettered or equaled three out of four scores achieved by its predecessor in 2013.
Numerically speaking, the Mazda6’s Adult Occupation score has significantly improved by 3%, rendering a total of 95%. Maximum points were scored for frontal impacts with a stationary car, including both side barrier and side pole impacts. On the other hand, the Child Occupant score exceeded by 14%, rendering a total of 91%, with maximum points scored in both frontal and lateral impact categories. Lastly, a creditable 66% in Vulnerable Road User (pedestrian safety) matches that of the outgoing model, with the new Mazda6 garnering an impressive 73% in the Safety Assist category.
Moreover, part of strengthening its pillars for safety and security, Mazda has considered updating its suite of i-ACTIVSENSE safety features. Provided with an updated Mazda Cruise Control (MRCC), enhanced Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) array, an Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) system, Mazda’s auto-hold function, and new for the Mazda6 is a 360° View Monitor. Moreover, its pedestrian protection performance has also been improved through its newly acquired active bonnet design.
Mazda is known for building driver-oriented vehicles, and it was able to achieve this milestone without depleting its brand DNA. In fact, the Mazda6’s superior driving dynamics also contribute to its five-star Euro NCAP achievement. Mainly highlighting its linear, responsive and predictable acceleration, braking, handling and steering. That said, an easy to drive vehicle serves as an advantage in the aspect of safety.