In essence a heavily modified Golf V platform, the sixth generation of the most popular car in Germany (and for a time, the whole of Europe) improved in all aspects, including the safety chapter. Featured as standard are front, side and curtain airbags for the front passengers, plus an improved safety-cell, a driver knee-airbag and crash-deformable areas.
In the frontal crash-test (made at 64 km/h, just like the official EuroNCAP test) the model scored a maximum of 16 points, leaving the passenger cell to display almost no visible trace of an impact, thus securing both driver and front passenger a good chance of survival with minimal chances for injury.
The side impact and side pole tests scored another 18 points out of the 18 possible, giving the Golf VI a total advantage of four points for passenger protection over the Golf V it replaces, which also managed to sneak into the “EuroNCAP 5-star club” but with a lower point rating (33 instead of 36).
Whether this falls into the “great news!” category or it's just “ok” remains to be seen, considering just two simple facts: the official EuroNCAP organization hasn't got their hands on the new Golf just yet, plus, they are planning to switch to a harder-to-beat 6-star rating in the near future.
Check out the mini-gallery below to compare the Golf VI to its predecessor: