June 25, 2004
New Golf is safest car ever tested in European crash tests
Prague, Czech Republic – Volkswagen announced that the new Golf is the safest car that has ever been tested by Euro NCAP. The new Golf was best in crash safety, pedestrian protection and child protection. The new Golf also received the maximum five stars for occupant protection in the frontal and side impact crash tests.
The Golf was awarded a total of 12 stars, a figure not even matched by more expensive and heavier cars in their classes. According to VW, this is due to the Golf’s extremely rigid passenger compartment und the highly effective restraint systems.
In the case of an accident with pedestrians, the flexible deformation zones at the front end of the vehicle combined with an additional cross member in the bumper of the new Golf considerably reduce the risk of injury. Maximum marks were awarded in child protection thanks to the child seat’s isofix anchorage points in conjunction with a supplementary upper belt (top tether).
The Toyota Prius, the first hybrid car ever to have been tested by Euro NCAP, was tops in its segment, and had a maximum 5-star rating.