The Stars Align for Mazda MX-30 and Honda Jazz
Euro NCAP publishes its third round of results today, putting two small family cars to the test: the new Honda Jazz and Mazda’s first all-electric vehicle, the MX-30. Both sign off with a complete set of stars.
The Honda Jazz, first sold in Europe in 2002, now exclusively comes with a hybrid engine. Along with its modern drivetrain technology, the latest model is also equipped with the most up-to-date safety equipment, including autonomous emergency braking and an all-new centre-mounted airbag that protects driver and front passenger against injuries in far-side crashes. With 5 stars under its belt, the new Honda Jazz makes a worthy rival to the Toyota Yaris, tested earlier this year.
Mazda joins the growing list of debutant EVs with its new electric MX-30. Naturally, the CX-30 based MX-30 is heavier than its combustion-engined sister, but still delivers an impressive 91 percent for adult occupant protection, thanks to its compatible front-end structure and new far-side restraints. However, the MX-30 disappoints on its vulnerable road users’ collision avoidance capabilities, showing mediocre test performance and lacking more advanced functionalities, such as turn-across-path intervention.
Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, says “Both Honda and Mazda are to be congratulated for their commitment to safety and for achieving five-star ratings for their cars. The ratings released to date demonstrate that Euro NCAP’s new 2020 protocols are having a tangible impact on the safety equipment and crash performance of car models in Europe, including the latest electrified vehicles. Industry’s response to consumer ratings remains one the most important drivers for vehicle safety innovation, to the benefit of all road users in Europe.”
Euro NCAP also publishes a 2019 rating for the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, which is based on the 1 Series tested last year. The Mercedes-Benz EQV, an all-electric version of the V-Class, shares that vehicle’s 2014 star rating.
About Euro NCAP
Euro NCAP organizes crash tests on new vehicles and provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. Established in 1997 and backed by several European Governments, motoring, consumer and insurance organizations, Euro NCAP has rapidly become a catalyst for encouraging significant safety improvements to new car design. Visit our website: www.euroncap.com.
Euro NCAP ratings strictly apply to vehicles of the specifications offered in Europe. The ratings do not necessarily apply to models offered in other regions, even when sold under an identical name, as production specification and equipment may vary.