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by Tim Beissmann

The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 has been awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating ahead of its local launch this week.

The new Volkswagen Golf scored 35.92 points out of 37 in ANCAP’s assessment, making it one of the highest-rated small cars on the market.

The Golf lost one point for failing to offer intelligent seatbelt reminders for second-row passengers and 0.08 points in the frontal offset crash test, but scored top marks in the side and pole impact tests, a ‘good’ rating for the whiplash component and an ‘acceptable’ rating against the pedestrian safety criteria.

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ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh praised the Volkswagen Golf for its extensive list of standard and available safety systems, which includes adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, electronic stability control and seven airbags.

The five-star rating for the seventh-generation Golf adds to a proud safety reputation for the nameplate, which became one of the first small cars to earn the maximum rating when the Golf Mk5 launched in 2005.

CarAdvice will be at the launch of the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7 on Wednesday. Stay tuned for our first-drive review later this week.

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