The all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf and its high-performance GTI variant have proven to be among the safest compact cars on the market, with the entire range scoring the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after acing the institute’s latest round of crash tests.

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In order to qualify as an IIHS Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn a “good” rating in the institute’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a “good” or “acceptable” rating in the small overlap front test (demonstrated above).

However, to achieve the Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle must meet the previous criteria plus earn a “basic,” “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention. The 2015 Golf range offers an optional forward collision warning system that earns it a basic rating in this test.

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All 2015 Golf models including the GTI are equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and six airbags. The SE and SEL trim levels are also available with a Driver Assistance Package that includes the aforementioned forward collision warning system as well as front and rear park distance control systems.

The 2015 GTI hit showrooms over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and you can read our drive report on a Euro-spec version here. The 2015 Golf isn’t set to arrive in showrooms until early August. Full pricing details can be found here.


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