Five stars: Top EuroNCAP certification for protective systems
Volkswagen Golf – Airbag restraint system
The independent testers at EuroNCAP put the new Golf through a series of rigorous tests. The result: five stars which is the best result compared with the direct competition.
The Golf, with over 26 million vehicles sold, is not one of the most successful vehicles in the world without reason: its diversity and quality are legendary and have made it a safe choice for over 30 years. With every detail perfected, the sixth generation is now setting new and higher standards for the whole Golf class and is thus the best Golf ever built. It is ‘Das Auto’ and embodies the worldwide brand Volkswagen like no other vehicle. This excellent position was certified for the safety features of the new Golf in the most recent EuroNCAP-test: it achieved a phenomenal 36 of 37 possible points and was awarded five stars for occupant protection. It received four stars in the category child safety and thus achieved the highest possible number of points for biomechanical values. With three stars for pedestrian protection, the new Golf is, according to the ADAC, ‘a car with one of the best levels of pedestrian protection available’.
The Golf is fitted with a complete safety package as standard. A further improved safety body structure, seven airbags including a knee airbag for the driver and an innovative head restraint system for the driver and front passenger. Rear side airbags are also available as special equipment. Furthermore, the Golf is the first Volkswagen to have a ‘seatbelt fastened’ detection system for the rear seats. The standard ESP with brake assist function provides additional driving safety. Furthermore, a new sensor concept for crash detection has been introduced with the Golf. The development of this so-called ‘crash impact sound sensing’ system was awarded the innovation prize in Bavaria in May 2008.
The new Golf has been in the dealerships since 10th October with a starting price of 16,500 Euro. At market launch, the new Golf will be available with two 2.0 litre TDI engines; they have an output of 81 kW / 110 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS respectively. A constant feature: a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The engine range will be extended during the start phase by four petrol engines with 59 kW / 80 PS up to 118 kW / 160 PS.