Four-door Golf hatch, wagon earn top marks.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given Volkswagen’s 2016 Golf four-door lineup a 5-Star overall safety rating. All models, including the Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, and Golf SportWagen, managed top marks in front, side, and rollover crash tests.
The Volkswagen Golf lineup joins the Passat, Jetta, Beetle, and Golf two-door models in earning this achievement. NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) provides consumers with an easily comprehendible star rating system. Though the rating system has helped guide purchasing decisions since 1978, the safety agency recently announced that it will revise the program to keep up with advancing safety tech.
“Vokswagen is delighted that the Golf family models have earned the highest 5-star overall crash test rating from the government—providing further validation that Volkswagen produces some of the safest vehicles in the industry,” said Joerg Sommer, Vice President Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc., in a release.
Along with the NHTSA 5-Star overall safety rating, the 2016 Golf lineup has also earned an U.S. IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award after earning a “good” rating in the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, along with an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention systems.