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2005 Volkswagen Golf

Small car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (beginning with 2001 models); front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2003 models)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2015
G
G
G
G
G
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2006
G
2005
G
2004
G
2003
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G
1998
M
1997
M
1996
M
1995
M
1994
M

Applies to 1999-2006 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The 2005 Volkswagen Golf is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Volkswagen Jetta and Golf were redesigned during the 1999 model year (the old design continued into the early part of the 1999 model year). The Jetta continued in production through 2005 models manufactured until the end of October 2004 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). A redesigned 2005 Jetta was introduced in March 2005 as a midsize car. The Golf redesign will be delayed until late in the 2006 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a late 1999 model Jetta in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier. Note: Immediately after the test, there was a small fire at the base of the B-pillar. The pyrotechnic device in the belt tensioner had ignited sound insulation material. Soon after this incident, the manufacturer recalled all 1999 Jetta/Golf models to fix this problem, so it doesn't affect the crashworthiness evaluation.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1999 Volkswagen New Jetta GLS 4-door
Weight 2,932 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase99 in.
Length172 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF99001
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)17
Left (cm)25
Center (cm)21
Right (cm)13
Brake pedal (cm)12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)8
Right (cm)7
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)-6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF99001
Head
HIC-15140
Peak gs at hard contact49
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)17
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.9
Femur force - right (kN)2.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)4
Maximum tibia index - left0.76
Maximum tibia index - right0.70
Tibia axial force - left (kN)0.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left60
Right86

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