2017 Volkswagen Golf  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#38 of 2017 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#83 of all 2017 vehicles


Pictured: 2015 Volkswagen Golf
The Golf, a mainstay of Volkswagen's lineup for decades, is a small hatchback with seating up to 5. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2016. The Volkswagen Golf has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Volkswagen offers a 6-year, 72,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2017 Volkswagen Golf is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2017 Volkswagen Golf has a score of 78, implying a 0.045% chance of driver death (4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2017 Volkswagen Golf has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0447% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.1096%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0447% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.1096% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf is 5% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf is 12% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2017 Volkswagen Golf offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 1%.


But it is safer than many comparable models.

8358Hyundai VelosterKia ForteNissan JukeKia SoulMazda 3Mazda CX-3Buick EncoreVolkswagen GolfV. Golf SportWagenVolkswagen BeetleFord FocusSubaru ImprezaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 58 to 83. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf is safer than the 2017 Hyundai Veloster, the 2017 Kia Forte, the 2017 Nissan Juke, the 2017 Kia Soul, the 2017 Mazda 3, the 2017 Mazda CX-3, the 2017 Subaru Impreza, the 2017 Ford Focus, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle, and the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. It is about as safe as the 2017 Buick Encore.

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