2009 Volkswagen Golf Gets Five Star EuroNCAP Revised Rating
According to the crash test data collected during last year's test, the passenger compartment remained stable during the frontal impact and the screen pillar was displaced rearward by less than 10mm. The test showed that the airbag would provide a similar level of protection to occupants of different sizes or those sat in different positions. As a result, VW Golf got a 97 percent protection for the adult occupant.
The rear outboard ISOFIX seats and top-tether anchorages allowed the Golf to score maximum points for the protection of infants. Even if it lost some points as a result of poor warning of the dangers of placing a rearward facing child restraint in the front passenger seat without first disabling the airbag, the overall child occupant protection was rated at 84 percent.
As for pedestrians, the test showed that the bumper offers maximum protection to the legs of the pedestrian it hits. The bonnet was awarded a good rating in the case of a struck child, but the results were poor when impacting an adult pedestrian was tested. The overall pedestrian safety rated at 61 percent.
The new EuroNCAP rating system includes revised ratings for adult, child and pedestrian protection as well as a new area of assessment: Safety Assist. In VW Golf's case, safety assist is made up of Electronic Stability Control and driver and passenger seatbelt reminder systems as standard
Under the new testing regime, vehicles are awarded a single overall score from one to five stars. The assessment incorporates all previous aspects and includes the recently introduced Rear Impact (Whiplash) tests. The new rating for the Golf 6 has been revised from the one obtained last year, according to the new requirements.
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