2021 Volkswagen Golf  RealSafeCars82Safety Rating

#23 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#66 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2015 Volkswagen Golf
The Golf, part of Volkswagen's lineup for decades, is a small hatchback with seating up to 5. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. The Golf has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Volkswagen offers a 6-year, 72,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 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 2021 Volkswagen Golf has a score of 82, implying a 0.039% chance of driver death (3.5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Volkswagen Golf has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0388% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.435%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0388% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.435% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf is 17% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf is 23% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

But it is safer than many comparable models.

9256Kia SeltosHyundai KonaNissan KicksHonda HR-VHonda CivicMazda CX-3Toyota C-HRVolkswagen GTIVolkswagen GolfToyota CorollaChevrolet TraxNissan SentraComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 56 to 92. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf is safer than the 2021 Kia Seltos, the 2021 Hyundai Kona, the 2021 Nissan Kicks, the 2021 Honda HR-V, the 2021 Honda Civic, the 2021 Mazda CX-3, the 2021 Nissan Sentra, the 2021 Chevrolet Trax, and the 2021 Toyota Corolla and less safe than the 2021 Toyota C-HR.

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