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.