The new fifth-generation Polo, due in Australia soon, has received top marks in the new, more stringent EuroNCAP crash tests achieving a maximum possible five-stars.
Featuring an optimised body structure, highly effective belt-and-airbag combination and driver-assist systems the result has secured Polo's title as the safest compact car in the world.
During testing by the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP), Polo was subjected to a controlled collision with a barrier at 64km/h, whereby the passenger cell remained virtually undamaged.
The structural rigidity of the passenger cell, achieved through, among other things, the use of high-strength and ultra high-strength steels in the side structures and footwell, ensured high scores in the most important categories of adult and child occupant protection.
The extremely rigid bumper cross-member in front also ensured impact forces were well distributed while the front-end's "harp" design (as the newly designed sheet metal behind the front bumper cover is called) allowed enough deformation space so as to minimise the severity of leg injuries in the event of pedestrian impact.
Electronic safety and assistance systems which help prevent accidents or avoid severe injuries were also evaluated in the new EuroNCAP procedure. Polo scored high points in these regards with one of the most important assistance systems, Electronic Stability Control, being offered as standard across the range.
Additional standard safety equipment including counter-whiplash controls also aided in the new Polo's five-star result.