Volkswagen safety ratings have a leg-up on the competition. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, recently gave the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta nameplates top-tier safety ratings.
Both vehicles made it onto the Top Safety Pick+ shortlist and received an advanced rating for front crash prevention. The boost onto the list, an improvement over the 2015 models’ safety ratings, came with the inclusion of the Driver Assistance package in the 2016 models, which comes with a Front Assist system.
In addition to the Driver Assistance package, both the Jetta and Golf now come with a post-collision braking system that applies brakes upon sensing a primary collision. Both vehicles also have the Intelligence Crash Response System, which automatically activates hazard lights, interior lights, shuts off the fuel pump, and unlocks doors in the case of emergency situations.
Volkswagen safety ratings, particularly for the Golf and Jetta, are usually high, though the addition of a new front crash prevention requirement in 2015 caused ratings to drop. However, only a year was needed for the company to reassert itself as a leader in car safety.