The Mazda 3 was introduced in Australia during 2004. This updated assessment applies to the 2006 model. Vehicles tested after 1 January 2008 will require Electronic Stability Control in order achieve a 5 star rating. This vehicle was tested prior to this date and may or may not meet this new requirement.
The left-hand-drive European model with side curtains 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.
Dual front airbags and ABS/EBD brakes are standard. Head-protecting side curtains and side airbags are standard on the Maxx, Maxx Sport, MPS and SP23 and optional on the Neo. Electronic stability control is standard on the MPS and SP23 and optional for other variants. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats. The front seat belt buckles are mounted on the seats and the upper anchorages are adjustable. These features improve the fit of the seat belt. Pre-tensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash. A three point seat belt is fitted to the centre rear seat. This provides better protection than a two point seat belt.
Published: 23 December 2006