2013 Vw Golf 7 gets five stars at the Euro NCAP crash test

Article by Christian A., on December 4, 2012

The European consumer protection organisation Euro NCAP has given a top five star rating to the new Golf. It will go on sale this January in the UK. It was also named the winner in terms of innovations in the integral safety category in the highly admired Euro NCAP Advanced Awards.

It features the following safety innovations: Lane Assist and Front Assist, proactive occupant protection and the standard multiple impact brake activation system.

This confirms how competitive the Golf has become in its class. The European consumer protection organisation Euro NCAP gave the Golf the top scores, citing the overall safety package that consists of occupant protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and driver assistance systems. The seventh generation Golf has kept the top position in Europe for many decades now.

Notably, the new Golf also got top scores for its occupant protection. The Golf was subjected to frontal and side impact tests, a pole side impact test and the whiplash test, wherein loads to the cervical spine are measured in a rear end collision.

The safety of both adults and children in the new Golf is enhanced. Tests were conducted on dummies that had the sizes of 18 month old and three year old kids. Testers were also impressed with the new Golf’s pedestrian protection capabilities.

Volkswagen’s new Golf has been built on the MQB platform. MQB stands for Modularer Querbaukasten, which translates to Modular Transverse Matrix. This platform standardizes vehicle component parameters for different brands and vehicle classes. It also allows access to new technologies and powertrains, as well as innovations in safety and infotainment that have been reserved for higher segment vehicles until now.

With a length of 4,255 millimeters, the new VW Golf is 56 millimeters longer than the earlier model. Its 2,637-millimeter wheelbase is also 59 millimeters longer. The car also has a width of 1,799 millimeters, which is 13 millimeters more than its predecessor, as well as a height of 1,452 millimeters, making it 28 millimeters lower. Meanwhile, its front wheels are 43 millimeters further forward, giving the car’s interior more space. These dimensions help improve the car’s drag co-efficient by 10%, now at 0.27 Cd.

And while the new Golf is larger, it has an overall design that is unmistakably Volkswagen Golf, thanks to an evolved design DNA.

According to Walter de Silva, Volkswagen AG Head of Design, continuity is one key component to the VW Golf's success. Several cars have a design that’s been tweaked, enhanced, and refined through the decades, just like the Golf's, and have thus become timeless.

Golf’s interior also boasts more room than ever. Specifically, its rear legroom has an additional 15 millimeters and its front seats were moved 20 millimeters further back, which is advantageous for taller drivers. Its front shoulder room also improved by 31 millimeters to 1,420 millimeters, and its elbow room by 22 millimeters to 1,469 millimeters. What’s more, the luggage is more spacious, with a boot volume of 380 liters (30 liters larger) and a low 685-millimeter sill so as to make loading easy and effortless. Additionally, you can opt to fold the front passenger seat fully forward in order to create a load space that is up to 2,412 millimeters long.

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