Cars and Drivers

2016 Volkswagen GTI Wins Top Safety Pick+

For drivers who want a safe small car, one of the selections, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), is the 2016 Volkswagen GTI. The model received the organization’s highest rating–Top Safety Pick+

VW faces fines as high as $18 billion, based on EPA accusations,  for putting devices in 482,00 of its 4 cylinder diesel engines cars, sold between 2009 and this year. The models involved also include the some Audi cars with 4 cylinder engine.  The cheating device apparently does not hurt safety, however.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers who tested the 2016 Volkswagen GTI found the car got “good” ratings (the highest available) across the five safety features measured–front small overlap tests, moderate small overlap tests, side tests, roof strength, and head restraints & seats. The IIHS cited some of the reasons for the grades:

Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags

Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover (beginning with 2016 models built after June 2015)

Electronic stability control

Antilock brakes

Daytime running lights

The 2016 Volkswagen GTI was also praised for having advanced equipment (which is an option on the car)

The IIHS Top Safety+ award is only one of a number the Golf family, which includes the GTI, won. The VW Golf family  won the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year award  It has also helped VW’s floundering U.S. sales, which fell 2.8% to 238,074 in the first eight months of the year. Over the same time period, GTI sales rose 42.5% to 14,992.

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VW may not sell may GTI models for the balance of this year, and probably next. The model is safe, however, for anyone who doesn’t worry about the emission recall.






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