2017 Mazda MX-5 RF given five-star safety rating

Mazda MX-5 Hardtop joins the rest of the range with top safety score...

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.”

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