According to Euro NCAP, the Mazda combined good all-round performance in all crash tests. Pedestrian protection was exceptional mostly thanks to the deployable hood fitted as standard. That said, adult occupant protection during the frontal impact suffered a minor setback when the driver's airbag apparently “didn't have enough pressure to prevent the head from making contact with the steering wheel, through the airbag material.” Not to worry, though, since the dummy readings were good, and the overall protection was rated as adequate.
In the side barrier impact, chest protection was rated as “adequate” and that of all other areas was rated as “good.” In the side pole test, though, chest protection only turned out to be marginal, while all other critical body areas had good protection.
Thanks to the MX-5's “active” hood, pedestrian safety was almost entirely good over the entire surface in case of an impact, while the bumper scored maximum points for the protection of pedestrians' legs and pelvis region. All in all, if Mazda had chosen to augment its electronic stability control system, passenger seatbelt reminder and lane departure waring system with an autonomous braking system, there's a good chance that the final rating could have improved by one whole star.
It's the “Safety Assist” features that received the lowest score during Euro NCAP's tests. Only 64 percent out of a possible 100 percent having were achieved, just like the 2015 Audi TT from earlier this year.