2016 Volkswagen Golf Two-Door and Golf GTI Earn Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government | Edmunds

2016 Volkswagen Golf Two-Door and Golf GTI Earn Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government


WASHINGTON — The 2016 Volkswagen Golf two-door and Golf GTI hatchbacks earned the highest five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Volkswagen Golf four-door, Golf R, e-Golf and Golf SportWagen have not been rated.

On sale now at Volkswagen dealers, the carryover 2016 Golf two-door and Golf GTI received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.

Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, stability control and six airbags.

New for the 2016 model year is a standard rearview camera on the Golf S trim level and an updated Driver Assistance Package, which is available on the SE and SEL trims, Volkswagen of America said Wednesday.

The safety package includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, along with lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and parking sensors.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2016 Golf. But the four-door 2015 Golf and Golf GTI were named 2015 Top Safety Picks by the IIHS, earning "good" scores in all crash tests.

Key competitors to the Golf and Golf GTI include the Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza. All of those vehicles also earned the highest five-star safety rating from NHTSA.

Edmunds says: Though the more popular four-door Golf has yet to be crash tested by NHTSA, it's hard to imagine that it will score lower than the two-door.

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