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Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 GT



How much attention do you pay to your car’s crash safety protection?

If you’re like me, probably not a lot – looks, badge and performance are of far more interest to me.

However, I’ve rather changed my mind on the importance of a good EuroNCAP rating after having ‘a big one’ in the Golf.

Briefly, a car swerved into my lane of the motorway, I hit him and was then pushed into the central reservation before being flipped over and skidding along the fast lane of the A1 (M) on the driver’s side.

As a result, the Golf is no longer with us as it is a write-off. Damage to three sides of the vehicle, and the deployment of virtually every airbag, consigned the Golf to its scrapyard fate.

I say ‘virtually’ every airbag, because the driver’s and passenger’s front bags didn’t deploy.

This is not a complaint, actually admiration of how clever these crash protection systems are.

Because I managed to swerve slightly away before impact, the car registered that it was not a head-on crash and decided not to deploy these bags.

And it decided this within a fraction of a second. Impressive stuff.

My previous reports have been full of praise for the Golf’s economy, looks and performance, and now I can add another to the list – it’s a bloody solid car.

When I look at the damage to the car, and think back to the violence of the impacts I experienced, I am glad I was driving a Golf when the crash happened.

It’s testament to its solidity that I walked away from this crash with a sore thumb and a stiff shoulder. A lucky escape indeed, which is more than can be said for the Golf.


CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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