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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
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Top Safety Pick
wide roof pillars slightly hinder aft visibility
Like every other car on the market, the 2011 Volkswagen GTI faces some uncertainty in the new model year, in terms of safety ratings.
Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have revised their crash-test criteria for 2011. In the case of the GTI, it shares the Golf's Top Safety Pick rating, as awarded by the IIHS.
However, the NHTSA hasn't yet completed tests of the hot hatch. We'll revise this rating when they publish updated results.
Standard safety features on the 2011 VW GTI include six airbags; anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control; tire pressure monitors; and active headrests. Rear side airbags are an option in the four-door GTI, but the hatchback does not offer parking sensors or a rearview camera, which could help with the reduced rearward visibility in three-door models.
It's a Top Safety Pick, but the 2011 Volkswagen GTI hasn't been tested yet by the NHTSA.