2017 Volkswagen GTI  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#34 of 2017 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#77 of all 2017 vehicles

The GTI, a mainstay of Volkswagen's lineup for decades, is a midsize hatchback with seating up to 5. The Volkswagen GTI has exceptional horsepower for its class, packing substantial oomph. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto since 2019 and Apple CarPlay since 2016. Volkswagen offers a 6-year, 72,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2017 Volkswagen GTI 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 GTI has a score of 78, implying a 0.044% chance of driver death (3.9% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2017 Volkswagen GTI has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0441% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.0377%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0441% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.0377% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2017 Volkswagen GTI is 5% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2017 Volkswagen GTI is 13% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

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

But it is safer than many comparable models.

8863Nissan JukeHyundai TucsonToyota 86Subaru BRZSubaru CrosstrekAcura ILXMINI CooperMINI CountrymanFIAT 500LVolkswagen GTIBuick EncoreV. Golf SportWagenComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2017 Volkswagen GTI with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 63 to 88. The 2017 Volkswagen GTI is safer than the 2017 Nissan Juke, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, the 2017 Toyota 86, the 2017 Subaru BRZ, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek, the 2017 Acura ILX, and the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and less safe than the 2017 MINI Countryman and the 2017 MINI Cooper. It is about as safe as the 2017 Buick Encore and the 2017 FIAT 500L.

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