Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volkswagen Golf 2012

1.2TSi 'Comfortline' , 5-door hatchback

Test Date: Nov 2012

Volkswagen Golf crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 94%
Child Occupant 89%
Pedestrian 65%
Safety Assist 71%

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Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Good
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Good 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 - Good
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 in the frontal impact. Dummy readings for the passenger indicated good protection of all body regions, while those for the driver showed good protection for all regions except the lower leg, protection of which was adequate. VW demonstrated that good protection would also be provided for the knees and femurs of occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. Maximum points were scored in the side barrier test, with good protection of all body regions. In the more severe side pole impact, dummy readings of rib compression indicated marginal protection of the chest. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. There is clear labelling in the car of the need to disable the airbag before a rearward-facing child seat is used.


The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrians' legs. The front edge of the bonnet showed a marginal level of protection in all areas tested. In most areas of the bonnet likely to be struck by the head of a child, protection was good while the protection offered to the head of an adult was predominantly poor or marginal.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment and passed Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is standard equipment for the front seats. A speed limitation device is available but was not assessed as it is offered as an option.

applies to all Golfs of the specification tested