2015 Volkswagen Golf Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

2015 Volkswagen Golf Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

The redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf along with its faster sibling the Golf GTI have both earned Top Safety Pick Plus status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Both cars earned the status by scoring a ‘good’ rating, the highest score possible, in every single category including the tricky small overlap test where the car is crashed into a solid barrier at 40 mph with 25 percent of its front end.  

To qualify for the ‘plus’ moniker, a vehicle must also now feature some type of forward collision avoidance system, and in the Golf the system scored a ‘basic’ rating.

SEE ALSO: 2015 VW Golf Review 

There were a few small issues found in the tests however. In the small overlap test, the dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but nearly slid off the left side, however the side curtain airbag was there to ensure no contact occurred.  In the moderate overlap front crash test, some lower leg injuries are possible, while the side impact test revealed that a left femur fracture would be possible in a crash.

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