Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volkswagen Golf 2008

1.4 'trendline' , 5-door hatchback

Test Date: Nov 2008

Volkswagen Golf crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
16 (0.0%)
16 (0.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 3 Stars
Pedestrian-test score 22 (0.0%)

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The passenger compartment remained stable during the front impact test and the screen pillar was displaced rearward by less than 10mm. Protection of the passenger dummy was rated as good for all body regions. The driver's knees and femurs were well protected by the knee airbag. Volkswagen were able to demonstrate that the airbag would provide a similar level of protection to occupants of different sizes or those sat in different positions. For side impact, the Golf scored maximum points in the pole test. In the side impact, it lost a fraction of a point for chest protection. Since Euro NCAP's tests, a clip securing the side airbag has been upgraded by Volkswagen and is fitted to all customers' cars. In the pedestrian protection tests the bumper scored maximum points for the protection it offered to the legs of a struck pedestrian and the front edge of the bonnet was rated as good in some areas. The protection offered by the bonnet to the head of a struck child was rated as predominantly good but that offered to an adult pedestrian was mostly poor.

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Good
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good, Pole test - Pass
Side impact chest - Adequate
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

rating applies to all Golfs