Volkswagen continues to improve the safety of its Golf model – –

Volkswagen once again received the Golf’s highest five-star rating in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety test. The European consumer protection institution gave very high marks in all areas examined. Volkswagen’s compact model is particularly impressive in terms of safety for adult occupants, children and vulnerable road users, as well as in terms of assistance systems. Its standard equipment also now includes a central airbag for the front seats. The latest Golf is equipped with a comprehensive safety concept that meets new, stricter test procedures. Because of this, the VW Golf remains one of the best in its class.

The Golf passed its final technical safety test with flying colors. After giving five stars to Volkswagen’s most successful model in 2019 according to the then valid Euro NCAP standard, its impressive level of safety has also been proven in the revised version of the test procedure, which has been implemented since 2020. Even the Its previous classification is Volkswagen has been valid for another three years, Volkswagen has decided to update the safety level of its most efficient model and have it tested according to new, stricter standards. Out of a total of 21 tests, 14 were newly conducted under the updated procedure – and with great success.

Euro NCAP General Secretary Michiel van Ratingen said: “Most automakers tend to get away with it, some may consider safety cuts to maintain competitiveness. So it’s great to see Volkswagen continue to improve the Golf’s safety, keeping up with the latest development and keeping pace with its competitors. »

An important safety feature here is its new center airbag for the front seats, now included as standard equipment on the Golf. In the event of a side collision, this prevents possible contact between the heads of people sitting in the first row of seats. An additional standard lap belt tensioner for the front row of seats further improves safety. In the “Adult Occupant Protection” category, the successful compact model scored an outstanding 88% of possible points.

The VW Golf scored 87% for “Child Protection”. This rating is based on three important aspects: in addition to the protection offered by child restraint systems in the event of a frontal or side impact, the focus here is also on the possibilities for the safe installation of child seats with different sizes, as well as the equipment offered by a vehicle for the safe transportation of children.

In the “Assistance Systems” category, the Golf impressed with 79% of the top score. Among other things, the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system performed well in tests involving responding to other vehicles. The driver’s warning system (Driver Alert) and the oncoming vehicle braking function when cornering, both standard, also contributed positively to the result.

In addition to protecting vehicle occupants, Euro NCAP also examines the extent to which automatic emergency braking systems can protect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists in the event of an imminent collision. In this category, the Golf – equipped as standard with Front Assist autonomous emergency braking – scored 74%.

Therefore, Volkswagen emphasizes its high safety standards and continues its series of Euro NCAP successes: in March 2022, the ID.5, the Polo and the Taigo received five stars. Previously, the ID.4 and ID.3 compact achieved the highest Euro NCAP ratings in April 2021 and October 2020 respectively. In 2019, the T-Cross also received top marks alongside the Golf.

The Euro NCAP assessment program has been the strict benchmark for the safety level of new car models in Europe since 1997. It provides car buyers with up-to-date safety information on popular new models. Test procedures and requirements for standard support systems and passive safety are reinforced at regular intervals – approximately every two years.

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