Written by Daniel Andzhurov – October 18, 2022
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Volkswagen has again received the top rating of five stars for the Golf in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) test. The hit compact model from Wolfsburg earned very high marks in all categories. Above all, in the protection of pedestrians, children and particularly vulnerable road users, the Golf performed extremely convincingly.
The standard equipment of the car now includes an airbag between the front seats. In side impacts, it prevents contact between the driver's and front passenger's heads. Additionally, a series tensioner on the lower part of the belts in the front increases security. Thus, in the "Protection for adults" category, the compact model achieved a result of 88% of all possible points. One percentage point lower is the achievement for Child Protection. In terms of assistance systems, the Golf earned 79% of the maximum possible score, primarily due to the good work of the automatic braking assistant (AEB) in the presence of other cars, as well as the fatigue monitoring system and the maneuvering assistant to avoid accidents.
The high scores in the Euro NCAP tests are the best proof of Volkswagen's commitment to safety: in March 2022, the ID.5, Polo and Taigo were awarded five stars. Previously, the ID.4 in April 2021 and the compact ID.3 in October 2020 also earned the top score. And in 2019, in addition to the Golf, the T-Cross also received five stars.
Auto Trendy’s take:
The Golf has lived to be one of the most successful models of the German brand and it seems to be far away from stopping its improvement. Safety is a critical requirement in the automotive world and that makes it a considerable advantage. Will this step make a positive impact in the further market performance of the Golf? There is only one way to find out.