2016 Volkswagen Golf Earns 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA

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Volkswagen is in a bit of a pinch right now. The Dieselgate scandal is the biggest problem, followed by a massive Takata airbag recall and the rocky divorce between the German company and Suzuki. But the sunshine always comes after the rain, even for Volkswagen. This time around, the good news comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As it happens, the four-door 2016 Volkswagen Golf family earned a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA, joining the two-door Golf, Jetta, Passat, and Beetle. It’s the highest score a model can get in the New Car Assessment Program, which speaks volumes about how safe and crashworthy the Golf is.

NCAP provides test ratings for the front, side, and rollover crash scenarios. The NHTSA relays the results to the consumers since 1978. “Our vehicles have numerous safety and driver assistance technologies that work to help prevent collisions, and help protect occupants when an accident is unavoidable,” commented Joerg Sommer, the VP of product marketing and strategy over at Volkswagen of America.

Other than the maximum safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Institute for Highway Safety also praised the Golf for the protection it offers in a crash. The four-door Golf, including the SportWagen longroof, GTI, Jetta, and Passat are all winners of the Top Safety Pick+ rating. The much-coveted “+” applies only to models equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking systems.

The starting price for the 2016 Volkswagen Golf two-door with the 1.8 TSI engine is $18,495. Two more doors ramp up the price to $20,175. The latter model comes as standard with goodies such as a rearview camera, multi-function steering wheel, and a Composition Media touchscreen sound system. Despite it being the entry-level choice, the 1.8-liter turbo churns out 170 horsepower and can return up to 25 mpg (9.4 l/100 km) city and 37 mpg (6.3 l/100 km) highway. Not bad for a compact hatchback, not bad at all.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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