2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI  RealSafeCars82Safety Rating

#34 of 2023 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#98 of all 2023 vehicles

The Golf GTI, which Volkswagen introduced in , is a small hatchback/wagon with seating up to 5. The Volkswagen Golf GTI provides superior horsepower for its class, offering great power. Volkswagen offers a 6-year, 72,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2023 Volkswagen Golf 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 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI has a score of 82, implying a 0.04% chance of driver death (3.6% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0398% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.5456%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0398% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.5456% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI is 15% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI is 21% 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 systems are included even on lower trims/versions of the 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Front Assist, Lane Assist, and Blind Spot Monitor.

Some safety technologies get a lot of press, but others may also improve safety. Standard Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps better illuminate the road ahead --- the lights point towards the direction that the vehicle is heading. 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.

And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9165Hyundai KonaSubaru CrosstrekBuick Encore GXToyota GR86Subaru BRZHonda HR-VMazda CX-30Audi A3S. Crosstrek HybridVolkswagen Golf GTIMazda 3MINI CountrymanComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 65 to 91. The 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI is safer than the 2023 Hyundai Kona, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek, the 2023 Buick Encore GX, the 2023 Toyota GR86, and the 2023 Subaru BRZ and less safe than the 2023 Honda HR-V. It is about as safe as the 2023 MINI Countryman, the 2023 Mazda 3, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, and the 2023 Audi A3.

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