2023 Volkswagen Golf: Center airbag delivers updated five-star rating
The Volkswagen Golf received an updated five-star rating from Europe’s safety agency after the hatchback received a center airbag. The result will likely be carried over locally when the new model arrives next month.
That Volkswagen Golf 2023 has received an updated five-star safety rating from Europe’s independent safety agency thanks to a new center airbag – and the result is expected to be adopted in Australia.
In June 2022, Volkswagen Australia announced the updated Golf would be fitted with a center airbag between the front seats – designed to prevent front occupants from colliding in the event of a serious side impact – when it arrives in showrooms next month.
The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf was last tested by the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) in 2019, earning a five-star rating before the new car safety agency introduced new tests a year later.
In 2020, Euro NCAP updated its procedures to include more stringent standards in 14 of its 21 tests.
In a media statement, a spokesman for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) said. journey It will review the updated Volkswagen Golf’s local safety assessment shortly before its arrival in Australia in November 2022.
“ANCAP will review the specification of locally delivered upgraded Volkswagen Golf models and, should the specification match that of the Euro NCAP re-evaluated model, attempt to release an evaluation closer to the time of arrival in the local market,” the statement said ANCAP spokesman said.
In April 2022, ANCAP reissued the Volkswagen Polo‘s five-star rating after the city-size hatchback received a center airbag as part of a mid-life update.
Euro NCAP announced that the 2023 Volkswagen Golf will retain its five-star safety rating, despite losing points in the adult occupant, child occupant and vulnerable road user (pedestrian) protection categories as a result of the new testing procedures.
Despite the installation of a center airbag between the driver and front passenger, the Volkswagen Golf’s occupant protection rating fell from 95 percent to 88 percent – after deducting 3.3 points compared to the previous result in the frontal impact test.
The child occupant protection and pedestrian protection of the Volkswagen Golf also fell by two percent due to the new test procedures.
An updated and improved Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system allowed the Volkswagen Golf to gain four percent when testing its safety assist technology.
As previously reported, the 2023 Volkswagen Golf is slated to arrive in Australian showrooms next month, priced at $34,690 plus road costs.