Although receiving the maximum of five-stars after being crash-tested by EuroNCAP has become quite the norm these days, it's certainly still worth being stated about any car which receives it. Which brings us to the new generation of the Volkswagen Polo, which, at the time when this article is being written, hasn't yet been tested by the aforementioned organization or any other crash-testing organization for that matter.
Of course, that didn't stop Volkswagen from bragging about the five stars the new Polo WILL receive at the updated (read: more stringent) testing procedures at EuroNCAP. We will have to take their word on that, especially since the new Polo hasn't been crash-tested by anyone until now.
Backing Volkswagen's marketing efforts in this area are the car's standard safety features. Even the cheapest model benefits from six standard airbags (two frontal dual-stage, two side one and two head-airbags for the front passengers). If that's not enough, there's also anti-lock braking on all fours and – a rare thing in this class – standard electronic stability control with a hill-holder function.
Of course, the Polo's petite dimensions and low weight might not exactly make it the safest place in the world when colliding with a full-size SUV, but there are two arguments for that. First of all, the Polo is the kind of car which is mainly used in the city, where speeds aren't that high. Second of all, even the toughest SUV out there will be obliterated by a full-size truck, so for all of you who only look at weight when talking about a car's safety... think twice. Continue reading