The new-generation Volkswagen Golf has been awarded the maximum five-star EuroNCAP safety rating despite stricter and more comprehensive assessment criteria.
Furthermore, it now boasts the highest overall safety rating of any vehicle to be tested under the new scheme.
After undergoing front, side and pedestrian crash testing, the new Golf scored 97 per cent for Adult protection, 84 per cent for Child protection and 61 per cent for Pedestrian protection.
Safety Assist, the fourth and latest rating system of EuroNCAP, takes into consideration all safety and assistant systems of the individual vehicle such as the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), which is fitted in the Golf as standard.
In this category the Golf scored 71 per cent thanks to standard safety features such as ESP and whiplash-optimised head restraints (WOKS).