On sale now at Volkswagen dealerships, the four-door Golf models received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf electric hatchback has not been rated by NHTSA.
Standard equipment on the 2016 Golf family includes six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control and an automatic post-collision braking system.
The Golf SE and SEL models are available with the optional Driver Assistance package that includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, a blind-spot monitor with rear-traffic alert, front-and-rear park distance control and parking steering assistant.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Ford Focus, Kia Forte, Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza sedans also earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Kia Forte hatchback has not been rated.