The new Golf 6 has scored top marks at the new-rules EuroNCAP overall vehicle safety test. It took 5 stars plus the highest total score of all the cars there.
Top stars were the order of the day for the new Volkswagen Golf VI at EuroNCAP. It received the full compliment of five stars during evaluation. As a cherry on top the VW hatch scored the highest total number of stars of all the cars taking part.
The new Golf has been tested under the new 2009 EuroNCAP rules which instead of valuating cars on frontal crash, side crash and pedestrian protection tests, stars are awarded for other categories too. These categories are adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist.
Previously electronic safety systems installed in cars such as ESP were not considered when EuroNCAP testing was conducted. Under the new system these are taken into account. Officials have also added a new rear crash test which will inform them of the severity of loads to the cervical spine when performed. The Mk VI Golf has a system called "Whiplash-optimised head restraints" (WOKS) which is designed for these kinds of injuries.
Officially revealed in September 2008, the Golf VI can be fitted with safety systems like ESP (standard), seven airbags (standard), automatic distance control, automatic park assist, adaptive chassis control and a rearview camera.
Engines introduced with the Golf include a 1.6-litre petrol producing 102hp (75kW) and a turbo diesel 2.0-litre with 140hp (103kW).