The new seventh generation Volkswagen Golf which goes on sale January 2013, has scored five-stars in this month’s Euro NCAP safety ratings.
The new Golf scored an adult occupant rating of 94%, child occupant 89%; pedestrian 65% and safety assist 71%. Using the new Ford Focus as a comparison when tested earlier in 2012, it scored an adult occupant rating of 92%, child occupant 82%, pedestrian 72% and safety assist 71%.
Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, five three-point seatbelts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and Isofix preparation for two rear child seats.
You can add optional proactive occupant protection systems to the Golf including adaptive cruise control, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, fatigue detection and the Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant. A total of seven driver assistance systems are offered in the new Golf to aid vehicle safety.
The Driver Alert fatigue detection and proactive occupant protection systems are standard on SE and GT models in the UK and optional on the S model. The Proactive Occupant Protection system detects when an emergency manoeuvre is being made and prepares the vehicle and its occupant restraint systems in advance of a possible collision. It can even shut the side windows and sunroof if it feels an accident is pending.
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