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2015 Mazda MX-5 crash test secures four star EuroNCAP rating


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Latest version of Mazda?s sports star misses out on a top crash test performance, but there?s five stars for Hyundai?s new Tucson. The latest round of EuroNCAP crash testing has awarded only a four-star score to the new Mazda MX-5.

Despite performing well in the test itself, and earning a strong 93% result for pedestrian impacts, the MX-5 was penalised for not offering certain features. In particular, EuroNCAP noted that autonomous braking is available on cars in the same price bracket ? albeit in other parts of the market.

EuroNCAP says: "The Mazda MX-5 achieved a four star rating, as did its competitor Audi TT tested earlier this year. The Mazda combined good all-round performance in crash tests with exceptional pedestrian protection thanks to the deployable bonnet fitted as standard."

This feature is optional on the Hyundai Tucson, and the Korean crossover did receive a five-star result in the same round of testing.

Scoring well across all areas of occupant and pedestrian protection, the Tucson earned praise from NCAP for stepping up its game in comparison to the vehicle it replaced.