After its successful reveal in Japan last year and its recent launch in Australia this month, Mazda CX-8 has already showed its durability as the crossover scores a five-star rating in Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP).
This Japanese brand’s first-ever three-row crossover is also one of the first vehicles to undergo the revised assessment protocols of ANCAP, which is now quite similar to the Euro NCAP standard. They also tested the active safety systems including whiplash for rear passengers, full-width front test, oblique side test, as well as upgraded pedestrian and side impact assessments tests.
Despite ANCAP’s more stringent regulations this 2018, the CX-8 performed excellently with 96% grade in the adult occupant protection category, 87% in child occupant protection, 72% for vulnerable road user protection, 73% mark in safety assist. In other categories, the crossover got ‘Adequate’ and ‘Good’ ratings.
The CX-8 comes with a wide range of safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and seat belt reminders on all seat rows. According to ANCAP, the systems work great at high speed situations and urban setting. However, the cyclist detection function does not perform that well.
“We now test and rate against four key pillars of assessment, and across these we have implemented a range of enhancements to encourage vehicle manufacturers to improve the active and passive safety elements of their models. It’s encouraging to see Mazda and Volvo set the standard, with their CX-8 and XC40 models being the first to step up and achieve 5 stars against our increased test standards."
This outstanding crossover houses a SkyActiv-D 2.2 diesel engine that can churn out a maximum output of 188 hp and 450 Nm of torque. This power plant is then partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission.
With the qualities that CX-8 possesses, don’t you think it would be a great move for Mazda to bring this impressive car in our country? Aside from its five-star safety rating, mind you folks, it’s a crossover that can seat more than five people – what every Filipino family loves. Let’s keep on knocking the tables.