The results are out: the new Volkswagen Golf is the safest car that has ever been tested by Euro NCAP. No other passenger vehicle achieved such a good overall result for the requirements in crash safety, pedestrian protection and child protection.
The new Golf also received the maximum five stars for occupant protection in the frontal and side impact tests. The results from the crash tests released today in Prague show that this vehicle is capable of even more: out of the twelve cars tested in spring, the new Golf was the only vehicle to receive four stars for child protection as well as three stars for the protection of pedestrians.
The Golf was awarded a total of 12 stars, which no other vehicle achieved - not even the more expensive and heavier cars in their classes. This is due to the extremely rigid passenger compartment und the highly effective restraint systems.
Maximum marks were awarded in child protection thanks to the child seat's Isofix anchorage points in conjunction with a supplementary upper belt (top tether). In the case of an accident with pedestrians, the flexible deformation zones at the front end of the vehicle combined with an additional cross member in the bumper of the new Golf considerably reduce the risk of injury.
These results reaffirm Volkswagen's commitment to no compromises on safety. Due to its ease of repair, car insurers give this vehicle one of the most favourable ratings.Published 26 June 2004