Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 2011

1.2 TSI , 3 door cabriolet

Test Date: Aug 2011

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 96%
Child Occupant 86%
Pedestrian 53%
Safety Assist 71%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
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 - 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 indicated good protection for the knees and femurs of both the driver and front passenger dummies and VW were able to show that a similar level of protection would be offered to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different seating positions. The Golf Cabriolet scored maximum points for the protection it provided in the side barrier test. The front seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

Although the passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position, insufficient information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag preventing any reward for the system. Permanently attached labels on the sun visor clearly warn of the dangers of using a rearward facing child seat in that position without first disabling the airbag.


The bumper and front edge of the bonnet - the areas where a pedestrian's legs would contact - predominantly offered marginal or poor protection. In most areas likely to be struck by the head of a child, the protection was mostly good with some poor performing areas. In those areas likely to be struck by an adult's head, the bonnet offered only mostly poor protection.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard on the Golf Cabriolet and met Euro NCAP's requirements. There is a seatbelt reminder system for the driver and passenger, but not for the rear seats. The Golf Cabriolet is not available with a speed limitation device.

applies to all golf cabriolets of the specification tested