The new Mazda 3 is undoubtedly one of the nicest cars of its class – we are sure. We are also confident that Mazda, while preparing the new “six” and “three”, have taken care of the latest technology known as SKYACTIV. We have reviewed what safety concerns the Mazda 3 offers.
Safety belts, powerful airbags, ABS, traction control, and even excellent crash test results are just some of the elements of a modern car that keep the safety of the driver and passengers safe. Increasingly, you will find rich equipment in the area of active systems to prevent collisions and accidents. In the case of the new Mazda 3 (passenger car test), passengers can rely not only on the basic elements of passive protection, but also on the robust body design and several active safety systems. Here’s how they work in practice.
Vehicle Distance Recognition System (DRSS)
DRSS uses radars in the front of the body to monitor the road ahead of our vehicle. The effect is visible on the active Head-up display, where the distance information from the preceding vehicle appears. The system warns not only a short distance, but also (much more bluntly) against a potentially possible overrun on another car – when a driver with a high speed difference approaches another vehicle. The effect can be seen in the video below. It is worth mentioning that the vehicle distance recognition system operates between 30 and 200 km / h.
The system is working properly, and crash warnings appear almost at the last minute giving the driver time to react – it indicates a good calibration and you do not have to worry about unnecessary warnings, especially for dynamic drivers.
Lane Departure Warning (“Lane Departure Warning”)
The LDW, or Lane Departure Warning, warns against unintended lane changes. This is considered to be the case when the car crosses the line separating the lanes without the direction indicator. In that case, the steering wheel vibrates gently, and the speakers seem clear, though, in our opinion, a quiet sound warning us that our car is starting to descend from the designated lane. The effect can be seen in the movie above.
Blind spot monitoring
The blind spot monitoring system is already relatively popular even in the C-segment cars (typical hatchbacks). In the new Mazda 3, the car is also present and correctly detects vehicles in the blind driver’s field of vision. What is important is that its operation is not limited to informing but also alerting if the driver decides to change lanes – then the icon in the mirror will start blinking and the loudspeaker will hear a loud, extra warning. Just placing the icon in the mirror deserves praise, because that’s where it’s most visible.
SCBS braking assist
The “Smart City brake support” suppression system is an additional feature of DRSS. It operates in the range of 4-30 km / h and not only warns the driver of the risk of overtaking the previous vehicle (it also increases the pressure in the brake system), but also in the absence of a reaction it will automatically turn on the brakes to avoid collisions. Checking the operation of this system was a bit embarrassing, but we confirm: yes, this system works and actually turn on the brakes automatically enough to brake the car.
Active Head-up display
Several times, in this text, you scroll about the active Head-up display. The solution used in the Mazda 3 is relatively straightforward, but it does not seem to be effective. It’s a little quick right in front of the steering wheel. It only exits when the engine starts. The special projector displays current speed, navigation information, distance information from the preceding vehicle, and warnings as a result of the safety systems described above. In our opinion, this solution significantly helps keep your concentration fully engaged while driving as it reduces the time it takes to get an idea of the speed at which you are currently traveling.