Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volkswagen Golf 2008

1.4 Trendline , 5-door hatchback

Test Date: Jun 2009

Volkswagen Golf crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 97%
Child Occupant 84%
Pedestrian 61%
Safety Assist 71%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car category

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
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

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable during the impact 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 In the car side impact, the car 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. Good protection was provided against whiplash injuries in a rear impact.

Child occupant

The car lost points for its non-permanent, pictogram-only label warning of the dangers of placing a rearward facing child restraint in the front passenger seat without first disabling the airbag. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing child seat to be used but information provided to the driver about the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. The rear outboard seats have ISOFIX and top-tether anchorages and these are clearly marked.


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.

Safety assist

Electronic Stability Control is standard equipment on all of the model range. The Golf has a driver and passenger seatbelt reminder system.

applies to all Golfs