Volkswagen Polo Achieves Five-Star Euro NCAP Rating
Volkswagen says that during the Euro NCAP tests, the passenger cell remained "nearly undamaged". "The crash dummies testify to the Polo's high scores in the most important categories: occupant protection and child safety. The structurally rigid body, among other things, contributes to this result," the company states.
But these aren't the only strong points of the new Polo. The car is now relying on high-strength and ultra high-strength steels in the side structures and footwell. Furthermore, it increases pedestrian safety with the help of the so-called "harp", which is a metal part placed behind the front bumper cover that "provides the deformation space necessary to minimize the severity of leg injuries".
Other safety highlights on the new Polo include ESP offered as standard plus the belt-and-airbag system and front head restraints.
"The extremely rigid bumper cross-member in front ensures that impact forces are distributed," Volkswagen said in a release today. "The requirements for pedestrian safety were already integrated into the developmental work during the design phase of the new Polo. The result is the safest compact car in the world."
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