The whole 2017 Mazda MX-5 range now possesses a full five-star ANCAP safety rating with the extension of the rating to include the hardtop Mazda MX-5 RF.
Mazda added more safety technology to the sportscar over recent months with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert standard across the range.
In the crash testing, the MX-5 gained perfect scores in the occupant side impact and pole collision test and a high result for the frontal offset test.
It performed particularly well in the pedestrian protection category, receiving the highest mark ever (33.72 out of a possible 36 points) attributed to the Active bonnet.
The Active bonnet prevents a pedestrian’s legs from sliding under the car with the use of foam and a bonnet that automatically pops up in the event of an accident.
Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak says they were confident the Mazda MX-5 RF would blitz the test and didn’t hesitate to put it forward to ANCAP.
“Considerable effort went into making the Mazda MX-5 the safest two-seater sportscar so from the outset we were confident it had the inbuilt proactive and passive safety technology to earn the maximum safety rating.”