EuroNCAP has awarded the new VW Golf with five stars (out of five) for its ability to protect occupants in a crash.
The sixth-generation Golf also scored 36 points out of a possible 37 for driver and passenger protection.
Furthermore the Golf was also given four stars for child safety and three stars for pedestrian safety.
EuroNCAP is the safety body that crash test cars sold in Europe.
The Golf is fitted with a complete safety package as standard. A further improved safety body structure, seven airbags including a knee airbag for the driver and an innovative head restraint system for the driver and front passenger.
Rear side airbags are also available as special equipment. Furthermore, the Golf is the first Volkswagen to have a "seatbelt fastened" detection system for the rear seats.
The standard ESP with brake assist function provides additional driving safety. Furthermore, a new sensor concept for crash detection has been introduced with the Golf.
The development of this so-called "crash impact sound sensing" system was awarded the innovation prize in Bavaria in May 2008.