Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volkswagen Polo 2009

1.2 'Trendline' , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Aug 2009

Volkswagen Polo crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 90%
Child Occupant 86%
Pedestrian 41%
Safety Assist 71%

Compare with other cars in the Super Mini category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Adequate Driver left femur - Adequate
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Good
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 cell remained stable in the frontal impact. The car scored maximum points for the protection offered to the passenger. For the driver, the steering column was the only stiff structure which might pose a risk to the femurs. In the car side impact, the car lost a fraction of a point for chest protection. Chest protection was rated as marginal in the more severe side pole test. Whiplash protection was rated as marginal.

Child occupant

Based on dummy readings in the frontal and side impact tests, the car scored maximum points for protection of both children. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. A permanently attached label warns of the dangers associated with the use of a rearward facing child restraint in the passenger seat.


The bumper provided predominantly good protection for pedestrians' legs, although stiff structures at the outer edges were rated as poor. The front edge of the bonnet did not score so highly and was rated as marginal in most areas. The centre of the bonnet offered good protection to a child's head but poorer protection towards the edges. In most areas likely to be struck by an adult's head, poor protection was provided.

Safety assist

A seatbelt reminder system for the driver and passenger seats is standard equipment. Electronic stability control is an option on some variants in some countries but sales as standard equipment meet Euro NCAP's requirements for the system to be rewarded.

applies to all Polos of spec tested