Mazda MX5 safety ratings

Mar 1999 - Current (dual front 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

1.6 Litre
Kerb weight:
1010 kg
Vehicles built:
Dual Frontal Airbags

ANCAP safety

Acceptable score:  25.09 out of 37

The MAZDA MX5(LHD) scored 11.19 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment did not hold its shape well. Protection from serious chest and leg injury was marginal for the driver. The vehicle scored 13.91 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. There was a slight risk of serious chest and abdomen injury for the driver.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4pts, chest 1.99pts, upper legs 2pts, lower legs 3.2pts. The passenger compartment was judged to be unstable in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 115mm and the clutch pedal moved upwards 67mm. The steering wheel hub moved rearwards 46mm, upwards 28mm and sideways 34mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 81mm rearwards. The width of the driver's doorway shortened by 61mm. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash tools were 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 knees were also at risk from dash components.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4pts, chest 3.14pts, abdomen 2.77pts, pelvis 4pts. The vehicle was not eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it did not have head-protecting side airbags. This test can earn a further two points.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


A pedestrian test was not conducted on the Mazda MX-5