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2015 Volkswagen GTI

Small car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
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

Applies to 2015 models

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

The Volkswagen Golf and GTI were redesigned for the 2015 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 10 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 6-7 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

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

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but nearly slid off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2015 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn 4-door
Weight 3,196 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length168 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1422
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)10
Footrest (cm)7
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)3
Brake pedal (cm)1
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)1
Steering column3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)6
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)7
Lower instrument panel (cm)6

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1422
Head
HIC-15243
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)17
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Femur (kN)
Left1.1
Right0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left1
Right0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.55
Right0.53
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left3.1
Right0.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left75
Right38

Applies to 2015 models

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

The Volkswagen Golf and GTI were redesigned for the 2015 model year.

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 accelerations from the roof rail and B-pillar hits were low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy’s head hit the roof rail and B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2015 Volkswagen GTI 4-door
Weight 3,095 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length168 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1401
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)4
Center (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-2
Rearward (cm)7
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1401
Head
HIC-15301
Peak gs at hard contact26
Neck
Tension (kN)1.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)43
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm)33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.2
Femur force - right (kN)0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.37
Maximum tibia index - right0.98
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left95
Right82

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
A
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 Volkswagen Golf and GTI were redesigned for the 2015 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a left femur fracture would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

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 vehicle2015 Volkswagen GTI 4-door
Weight 3,115 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length168 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1402
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.
-22.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1402
Head HIC-15154
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.67
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.1
Acetabulum force (kN)1.7
Combined force (kN)3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)266
A-P moment (Nm) 41

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1402
Head HIC-15112
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)37
Average deflection (mm)31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.47
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.44
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.8
Combined force (kN)2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.0
L-M moment (Nm)65
A-P moment (Nm) 28

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,166 lbs
Peak force18,303 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.78
Tested vehicle
2015 Volkswagen GTI 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 2015 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

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)29
Distance below top of head (mm)12
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)15.1
Head contact time (ms)60
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)6
Max neck tension (N)397

Applies to 2015 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional Driver Assistance Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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