Five Volkswagen Vehicles Named a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Golf 4-Door, Golf GTI 4-Door, and Golf SportWagen have all been named a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional Front Assist.

2016 Top Safety Pick + Awards

IIHS Top Safety Pick Ratings

IIHS tests evaluate two aspects of safety: crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — and crash avoidance and mitigation — technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity.

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To determine crashworthiness, IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on performance in five tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. In the area of crash avoidance and mitigation, IIHS assigns vehicles with available front crash prevention systems ratings of basic, advanced or superior, based on the type of system and performance in track tests.


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