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2012-05-24 11:54

ONE OF THE SAFEST COMPACT SUV'S YET: Mazda's CX-5 high score in Euro NCAP testing makes it one of the safest compact SUV's on the market.

Mazda's CX-5 compact crossover SUV achieved top marks in all four safety categories during Euro NCAP testing.

The cars will arrive in South Africa later this month (May 2012).

The CX-5 earned the maximum rating of five stars in the adult occupant protection (94%), child occupant protection (87%) and safety assist systems (86%) categories.

Following the 3 and 6, the CX-5 is the third Mazda model to earn five stars from Euro NCAP since the introduction of its new rating system in 2009.

The scores in each category are determined based on several crash tests:
64km/h frontal collision
50km/h vehicle to vehicle side impact
29km/h pole side impact
40km/h simulated pedestrian impact.

The new model is available in two engine options - Skyactiv-D 2.2 diesel and Skyactiv-G 2.0 petrol. The petrol variant is capable of 121kW and 210Nm, while the 2.2 turbodiesel unites produces 110kW and 380Nm or 129kW and 420Nm. The petrol unit has a claimed fuel consumption of 6 litres/100km and the 100kW diesel unit has a claimed 4.5 litres/100km.

The CX-5 is the first equipped with the Japanese automaker's new Skyactiv body which is comprised of high-tensile steel (61%). 

Beams inside the front and rear bumpers are made from 1800MPa high-tensile steel, the strongest used in a production car to date.

Mazda plans to use the Skyactiv body in all of its new-generation products. Look out for our launch report when the CX-5 arrives in South Africa on May 28 2012 - we'll tell you more about it then.

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