Mazda 3 safety ratings

Jun 2009 - Current (front+side+head airbags)

About this test

The 1.6 litre left-hand-drive European model was tested by Euro NCAP. 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

Maxx 5 door hatch
1.6 litre
Kerb weight:
1280 kg
Small Car
Vehicles built:
Front+side+head airbags

ANCAP safety

Good score:  33.33 out of 37

5 Stars. The Mazda3 scored 15.33 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape very well. Protection from serious injury was good for the driver. There was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the passenger. The vehicle scored 15 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. Injury measurements were all good but the side curtain did not deploy correctly for the rear seat. This also occurred in pole test, which scored one point out of two.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4 pts, chest 3.33 pts, upper legs 4 pts, lower legs 4 pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The clutch pedal moved rearwards by 52 mm and upwards 16 mm. The steering wheel hub moved 15mm forward, 4mm downward and 11 mm sideways. The front ("A") pillar moved 2 mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash all doors could be opened with normal effort. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. There were no knee hazards. 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 3 pts, chest 4 pts, abdomen 4 pts, pelvis 4 pts. The vehicle was eligible for a pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags. One point was deducted for incorrect curtain airbag deployment for the rear seat in both the side impact and pole crash tests.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrians' legs. However, in those areas most likely to be struck by an adult's head, the bonnet provided poor protection and scored no points. Child head impacts 8.62 Adult head impacts 1.61 Upper leg impacts 2 Lower leg impacts 6 Total (out of 36) 18.23