Mazda 6 safety ratings

Aug 2003 - Jul 2005 (front+side+head airbags)

About this test

The left-hand-drive European model was tested by EuroNCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.

About the test vehicles

Sports 5 Dr Hatch
2.3 Litre
Kerb weight:
1370 kg
Medium Car
Vehicles built:
Frontal+Side+Head airbags

ANCAP safety

Acceptable score:  26.27 out of 37

The Mazda 6 (LHD) scored 11.23 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well, except for footwell deformation. Protection from serious leg injury marginal for the driver. The vehicle scored 13.04 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. There was a moderate risk of serious chest injury for the driver. A further 2 points were scored in the optional pole test and this earned the vehicle a 4 star rating (minimum 24.5 pts).

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4pts, chest 2.7pts, upper legs 2pts, lower legs 2.53pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well except for the footwell, which ruptured. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 70mm and upwards 25mm. The steering wheel hub moved rearwards 6mm, downwards 11mm and sideways 6mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 37mm rearwards. The width of the driver's doorway shortened by 39mm. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash high manual effort was required to open the driver’s door. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Steering column components were a potential source of injury for the driver's knees. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4pts, chest 2.77pts, abdomen 3.39pts, pelvis 4pts. Modifier: 1.11pt deduction for backplate load of 2.67kN. The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags and scored four points for the head in the side impact test. The manufacturer decided to go ahead with the pole test and the vehicle earned a further two points.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


6.66 points out of 36. Child head impacts 4.01pts; Adult head impacts 0.02pts; Upper leg 1.91pts and lower leg impacts 0.72pts.