The passenger compartment of the CX-5 remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Mazda showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, protection of all body regions was good and the car scored maximum points. Even in the more severe side pole test, the driver was well protected in all areas and maximum points were scored. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
Based on dummy readings in the dynamic tests, the CX-5 scored maximum points for its protection of the 3 year child and lost only a fraction of a point for protection of the 18 month infant. In the frontal impact, forward movement of the head of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained by the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the likelihood of contact with parts of the car's interior. The passenger airbag can be disabled by means of a switch, allowing a rearward facing child restraint to be used in the passenger seat. Clear information is provided regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. There were clear warnings of the dangers of using a reaward facing restraint in that seating position without having first deactivated the airbag.
The bumper provided good protection to pedestrians and the car scored maximum points in this area. The front edge of the bonnet was at best marginal in the protection offered to pedestrians. In most areas where it might be struck by the head of a child or an adult, the bonnet provided good protection.
Electronic stability control is standard equipment on the CX-5 and met Euro NCAP's requirements. A seatbelt reminder is standard for the driver, front passenger and rear passenger seats. A speed limitation device is not offered on the CX-5.