In the latest round of European NCAP safety testing, the new Golf Cabriolet and the Jetta were awarded top five star ratings for adult, child and pedestrian protection.
The Golf Cabriolet and the Jetta achieved especially impressive scores in tests for occupant safety at 96 per cent and 94 per cent, respectively. Both vehicles attained top results in all seat positions and regardless of the height of the driver and front passenger. Rating points are awarded based on the results of frontal impact and car-to-car side impact tests as well as a pole side impact test.
In the test procedure, accidents with pedestrian children and adults are simulated at a vehicle speed of 40 km/h. In all tested categories, the Jetta had very good results, especially in protection of the lower leg from the bumper. The Golf Cabriolet achieved very good results in head protection for children, since the top of the bonnet can deflect inwards.
The two vehicles also impressed in the “safety assist” area, with 71 per cent scores. In this rating category, Euro NCAP not only evaluated seat belt buckling reminders, but also the standard use of vehicle dynamic control systems (ESP). Both systems are standard in the Golf Cabriolet and the Jetta.