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Volkswagen Golf GTI Receives Top Safety Pick Rating from IIHS

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If a vehicle doesn’t earn top scores for safety, it should be an immediate concern. In today’s automotive industry, automakers are working relentlessly to add the most intuitive and advanced safety systems on their vehicles to ensure consumers are always protected. Volkswagen does just this with its fleet of vehicles and the 2019 Golf GTI recently earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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“We are so pleased to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick award for the GTI,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Aftersales for Volkswagen of America. “This award demonstrates Volkswagen’s longstanding commitment to vehicle safety and the development of innovative technologies.”

  • 2019 Volkswagen GTI Rabbit Edition
  • 2019 Volkswagen GTI Rabbit Edition
  • 2019 Volkswagen GTI Rabbit Edition

To be considered for a Top Safety Pick rating, a vehicle must earn specific ratings in a collection of tested categories. It must earn a “Good” rating in the roof strength, head restraint tests, moderate overlap front side, side, and driver-side small overlap front areas as well as a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Additionally, the vehicle must receive an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention and a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating for headlights.

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The award-winning 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI earned “Good” ratings in five of the crashworthiness evaluations and an “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small overlap crash test. When equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (standard on all models but the S), the GTI earned a “Superior” rating in front crash prevention.

This is the first Top Safety Pick rating for any of Volkswagen’s 2019 models, but with a new branding identity that focuses on a fresh start, there’s no telling what’s to come for VW in the future.