Five stars for the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla

Popular Japanese sedans score high marks in Euro NCAP safety tests, which is good news for Singaporean consumers too


Two of the most popular cars in Singapore, the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla, are scheduled to be refreshed later this year or next year. And if these two are at the top of your family car shopping list, you would be pleased to know that they have managed to achieve the maximum five star safety rating in the latest batch of crash tests from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).

The latest round of results also include recently-released crossovers like the Toyota RAV4, Lexus UX, and Volkswagen T-Cross, the all-electric Audi e-tron SUV, as well as the European favourite Renault Clio, all of which managed to score five stars in their respective crash test results.

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While Euro NCAP tested the European version of the Corolla in hybrid form, the results apply to all models across the range. The test was also corroborated with Euro NCAP’s sister organization, the Australasian NCAP, which represents the Australian and New Zealand markets, and offers a better representation of models which will be offered across Asia-Pacific.

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Given that the current Corolla Altis already offers seven airbags and Vehicle Stability Control, it would be safe to say that the next generation model will provide similar levels of safety following this latest round of tests. Read our review of the current Corolla Altis below. 

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Meanwhile, the new 2020 Mazda 3 scored exceptionally well for adult occupant safety (an incredible 98 out of 100), and Euro NCAP also cited the car’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system, called Smart Brake Assist, as a contributing factor toward helping the Mazda achieve top marks in the latest round of tests.

The new car, shown below, is expected to launch in Singapore in late 2019 or early 2020 (our own estimate) and packs a serious amount of technology. 

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The Toyota RAV4, another strong-selling model here, was also praised for its high levels of occupant safety, as well as the inclusion of safety features such as the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, all of which are available as standard on local units.

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The latest results underline the progress that car manufacturers have made with regards to road safety over the years, and it is definitely reassuring to know that even the most popular models offer nothing short of top marks when it comes to safety.

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Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, notes, “The latest cars on the market continue to offer more advanced technology as standard, systems that were not even considered an option a few years ago. Vehicle manufacturers must respond on all levels to consumers expectations, but adding more safety is often challenged by market conditions. Despite this, we see the latest state-of-the-art safety technology being made standard on many of Europe’s best-selling family cars.”

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Ben Chia
He once belonged here, and then he went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world.