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2012 Volkswagen Golf

Small car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2011 Volkswagen Golf shown
2011 Volkswagen Golf shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes (beginning with all 2013 Jetta SportWagen models and 2013 Golf and GTI models built after August 2012)
3
Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2009 models, optional on 2005-08 models manufactured after November 2004)
4
Antilock brakes
5
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 2010-14 models

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

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan was redesigned during the 2005 model year. The new design entered production in December 2004, and the earlier design, which is classified as a small car, was produced through 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.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Jetta, called the Volkswagen Rabbit for the 2006-09 model years and its restyled successor, the Volkswagen Golf and its sporty variant, the Volkswagen GTI, for the 2010-14 model years. The Rabbit, Golf, and GTI are classified as small cars due their shorter overall lengths and lower weights. The ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the Jetta, called the Jetta SportWagen, beginning with 2009 models.

Beginning with the 2011 model year, these ratings do NOT apply to the Volkswagen Jetta sedan, which was redesigned again. Also, the ratings do NOT apply to the Golf and GTI beginning with the 2015 model year. However, the ratings still apply to the Jetta Sportwagen, which remains essentially the same as 2009-10 models.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that lower leg injuries would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2005 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 4-door
Weight 3,214 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase102 in.
Length179 in.
Width69 in.
Engine2.5 L 5-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0505
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)13
Center (cm)6
Right (cm)3
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0505
Head
HIC-15266
Peak gs at hard contact41
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)30
Maximum Nij 0.50
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.1
Femur force - right (kN)4.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left0.53
Maximum tibia index - right0.85
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)6.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left89
Right144

Applies to 2010-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan was redesigned during the 2005 model year. The new design entered production in December 2004, and the earlier design, which is classified as a small car, was produced through 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.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Jetta, called the Volkswagen Rabbit for the 2006-09 model years and its restyled successor, the Volkswagen Golf and its sporty variant, the Volkswagen GTI, for the 2010-14 model years. The Rabbit, Golf, and GTI are classified as small cars due their shorter overall lengths and lower weights. The ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the Jetta, called the Jetta SportWagen, beginning with 2009 models.

Beginning with the 2011 model year, these ratings do NOT apply to the Volkswagen Jetta sedan, which was redesigned again. Also, the ratings do NOT apply to the Golf and GTI beginning with the 2015 model year. However, the ratings still apply to the Jetta Sportwagen, which remains essentially the same as 2009-10 models.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2005 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 4-door
Weight 3,228 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase102 in.
Length179 in.
Width69 in.
Engine2.5 L 5-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0506
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-15.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0506
Head HIC-15302
Neck
Tension (kN)0.6
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)36
Lateral force (kN)1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.04
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.62
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)88
A-P moment (Nm) 32

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0506
Head HIC-15134
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)42
Lateral force (kN)2.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)37
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.53
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.55
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)3.0
Combined force (kN)3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)2.2
L-M moment (Nm)148
A-P moment (Nm) -46

Applies to 2010-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,042 lbs
Peak force15,970 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.25
Tested vehicle
2010 Volkswagen Golf 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2010-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual - power seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual - power seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)26
Distance below top of head (mm)18
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.7
Head contact time (ms)63
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)49
Max neck tension (N)460

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