The new Volkswagen Golf may have a serious safety flaw
But that didn't prevent it from getting five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests
The Golf has always been one of Volkswagen's best sellers. It is even one of the world's best-selling cars. A lot of people will buy them and you will see them every day. It is therefore important that this car is safe, both for its occupants and for the other road users.
The Euro NCAP has tested the new Golf in its traditional crash tests. The results are more than reassuring: the Wolfsburg compact car has easily achieved the maximum five-star rating. The protection rating for adults is 95 % and 89 % for children. Protection for pedestrians and cyclists rises to 76%. The rating for safety aids climbs to 78%.
The new Golf comes as standard with Lane Keeping Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. The Euro NCAP also took into account the fact that the Golf is the first Volkswagen to use V2X connectivity to anticipate road hazards.
While everything looks perfect, there's a big weakness regarding the side impact crash. During the test, the driver-side rear door opened widely just after the collision, significantly increasing the risk of ejection. Volkswagen reacted to this and explained that the automatic door locking system could have been deactivated. The brand is still looking into correcting the problem.
Below is the video of the crash with the door opening at 1:18.