2021 Volkswagen GTI  RealSafeCars84Safety Rating

#19 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#58 of all 2021 vehicles

The GTI, part 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. It 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 GTI is above 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 GTI has a score of 84, implying a 0.037% chance of driver death (3.3% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Volkswagen GTI has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0371% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.2334%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0371% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.2334% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Volkswagen GTI is 20% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Volkswagen GTI is 27% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. The following active safety system is included even on lower trims/versions of the 2021 Volkswagen GTI: Front Assist. There are optional safety features on the 2021 Volkswagen GTI which may add to the cost but should be strongly considered --- Lane Assist and Blind Spot Monitor.

Some safety features still may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances. Standard side mirror turn signals can help when you don't see a vehicle in your blind spot, by alerting them to your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other driver to avoid an accident with you. Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps, which is optional on the 2021 Volkswagen GTI, points headlights towards the direction that the vehicle is heading, even on turns. Light Assist are optional on the 2021 Volkswagen GTI. This feature recognizes oncoming traffic and shuts off high beam headlights until the oncoming traffic has passed.

And it is safer than many comparable models.

9367Kia SportageHyundai TucsonM. Outlander SportSubaru CrosstrekNissan Rogue SportBuick EncoreVolvo XC40Volkswagen GTIVolkswagen GolfGMC TerrainJeep CompassAcura ILXComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Volkswagen GTI with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 67 to 93. The 2021 Volkswagen GTI is safer than the 2021 Kia Sportage, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport, the 2021 Buick Encore, the 2021 Acura ILX, the 2021 Jeep Compass, and the 2021 GMC Terrain and less safe than the 2021 Volvo XC40.

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