2018 Volkswagen Golf  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#31 of 2018 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#74 of all 2018 vehicles

Pictured: 2015 Volkswagen Golf
The Golf, a mainstay of Volkswagen's lineup for decades, is a small hatchback with seating up to 5. The Golf 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 2018 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 2018 Volkswagen Golf has a score of 78, implying a 0.045% chance of driver death (4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2018 Volkswagen Golf has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0448% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.1129%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0448% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.1129% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf is 4% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf is 11% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

But it is safer than many comparable models.

8960Kia ForteMazda 3Mazda CX-3Ford FocusVolkswagen BeetleHyundai Elantra GTMINI CooperHyundai KonaVolkswagen GolfToyota C-HRV. Golf SportWagenSubaru CrosstrekComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 60 to 89. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf is safer than the 2018 Kia Forte, the 2018 Mazda 3, the 2018 Mazda CX-3, the 2018 Ford Focus, the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, and the 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and less safe than the 2018 Hyundai Kona and the 2018 MINI Cooper. It is about as safe as the 2018 Toyota C-HR.

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