Mazda Premacy

Front: 8
Side: 14
Pole: 0
Pre 2002 rating

Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Marginal, Lower leg left: Adequate, Right foot: Poor, Left foot: Poor
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Good, Upper leg left: Good, Lower leg right: Good, Lower leg left: Good
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Adequate, Abdomen: Adequate, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildRoemer Prince, forward facing
3 year old ChildRoemer Prince, forward facing
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of driveLHD
Tested modelMazda Premacy 1.8 Comfort
Body type5-dor MPV
Year of publication2001
Kerb weight1250
VIN from which rating appliesNo running changes

The Premacy has head-protecting airbags to reduce the worst risks in a side impact. But they did not safeguard as intended and the driver’s head struck the pole very hard in two tests. Mazda says it is is working to solve the problem. The Premacy did well in pedestrian tests, however. It achieved a three-star rating.

Front impact
The restraint systems worked reasonably, protecting the front occupants’ heads and necks. But high loads reached the driver’s and passenger’s chests. The driver’s legs were also at risk and the footwell ruptured, presenting a hazard for his feet. Testers noted that hard points under the facia could cause injuries in a frontal impact. The front belts were fitted with pre-tensioners that help to prevent the driver and front passenger from moving forwards. Finally, the centre rear seat has a three-point belt, which provides better protection than a lap belt would.

Side impact
Despite the side airbag, the driver risked chest and abdominal injuries, but these were unlikely to be severe. But in the pole test his head hit the pole hard enough to risk serious injury or even death. A small pad in the door aligned with the seat when set for an average-sized driver. This raised doubts about protection given to much bigger or smaller drivers. Mazda believes its design is robust but could not offer objective evidence to support its claim.

Child occupant
The rear outboard seat belts were adapted to tighten around a child restraint. The restraints chosen by Mazda were forward-facing universal Römer Princes, which did not work well for the 3-year-old. When using the Romer Prince restraint, the passenger airbag deactivates automatically. But this does not happen if any other is used. Warnings of the consequent dangers were posted on the end of the facia and (in two languages) on the driver’s sun visor. Neither mentioned the risks involved.

This is the second car ever to gain three stars in this part of the test — the Daihatsu Sirion was the first. The Premacy’s front is more ‘friendly’ to pedestrians.