Volkswagen Polo three-star rating for child protection: Global NCAP

Ensuring they can do away poor ratings, Volkswagen India earlier in the week announced dual front airbags as standard for all Polo variants from 1st February 2014. This is a major driver safety enhancement, and also makes VW India the first automaker here to offer dual front airbags as standard equipment in the premium hatchback segment.

In the 64km/h NCAP test, the Volkswagen Polo without airbags achieved a zero-star rating for its adult occupant protection. While vehicle structure was stable, without safety equipment such as airbags, dummy readings indicated a high risk of life-threatening injuries.

Volkswagen Polo NCAP crash testWith two airbags (driver and front passenger), the Volkswagen Polo achieved a four-star rating for adult occupant protection in the 64km/h NCAP test. Thanks to the airbags, the protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck was good.

Using the child seats recommended by Volkswagen, the Polo achieved a three-star rating for child protection. Without airbags, the Polo was not able to meet the UN’s minimum safety requirements in the 56km/h crash test.

In furthering safety, Volkswagen nopw offers anti-lock brakes (ABS) as standard on the Polo Comfortline. The changes entail a 2.7% price hike on all Polo variants, i.e., Rs 22,700 effective from 1st February 2014.

Mr. Arvind Saxena, Managing Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd said, “We are proud to be leading the cause of driver safety, and we believe the introduction of airbags as standard fitment across all variants of the Polo is a major step forward in the context of safety. Once again, this step underlines our commitment to producing better cars – and better-equipped cars – for the discerning Indian consumer.”

“Input costs have steadily increased over the last few months, and exchange rate movements have not been favourable. We have tried our best to absorb some of these, but in order to be able to continue to offer best-in-class quality and technology to our customers, we have now announced a 2.7% hike in our car prices.”