The all-new CX-5 from Mazda has received the highest five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, officially certifying the vehicle to be one of the safest in the world. The compact crossover SUV was made available for sale in the United Kingdom earlier this month. It received top scores in all four safety categories.
Specifically, vehicle's score for adult occupant protection was 94% while its child occupant protection rating was 87%. For the safety assist systems score, the CX-5 received 86%. These ratings were well above thresholds of 80%, 75% and 60% necessary in each category to obtain the maximum five stars.
The automaker's latest model was able to achieve the maximum safety rating even if it was being subject to the higher pedestrian protection standards set by Euro NCAP in 2012 -- a factor wherein automobiles must now hit at least a 60% mark.
CX-5 is the third Mazda model, next to Mazda3 and Mazda6, to attain five stars from Euro NCAP since the launch of its new rating system in 2009. The scores per category will depend on various crash tests, such as a 64km/h (40mph) frontal collision, 29km/h (18mph) pole side impact, 40km/h (25mph) simulated pedestrian impact and 50km/h (31mph) vehicle-to-vehicle side impact.
Among other passive and active safety measures, Euro NCAP also assessed the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system of the CX-5. This is the equivalent of Mazda to electronic stability control (ESC). The CX-5 is a first in Mazda's new-generation models.
It is the first model to be equipped with the innovative new SKYACTIV body. With the goal of developing the ideal vehicle body, the automaker's engineers went back to the basics, rethinking the fundamental principles of materials, structure and manufacturing methods.
Mazda wanted its entry into the competitive compact crossover SUV segment to not only look like one, but it also had to evoke passion worthy of a Mazda. Introducing the new KODO – Soul of Motion design ethos, the new CX-5 is the first production car built by its concepts of powerful beauty and nature in motion. The Mazda CX-5 epitomises balancing design and execution.
The 2010 concept car Mazda Shinari, a four-door sports coupe, was the first to express KODO, followed by the concept Minagi. Also, a crossover compact SUV, the Minagi laid the foundation for the CX-5. Beginning now with the CX-5, KODO will symbolise Mazda’s new generation’s design of stronger, faster, and more poignant.
Full of life, feeling, and agility, KODO strongly resembles the essentials in animal movements. The CX-5 design team specifically scrutinised the fastest land animal, the cheetah, perceiving how its entire body is used as a spring, thrusting in motion astounding energy but remains graceful and agile. This inspired the designers to arrive at the next level of KODO for the SUV’s look.
They created a sophisticated exterior that, while expressing SUV sturdiness and functionality, boldly projects an elegant sense of motion and the anticipation of an exhilarating drive.