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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, frontal impact; five stars, side impact
Good," frontal offset; "good," side impact (for Golf)
“Summer performance tires can be swapped for all-season performance tires at no cost.”
Kelley Blue Book
The standard safety equipment package in the 2009 Volkswagen GTI includes anti-whiplash head restraints, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front-side and curtain airbags, as well as electronic stability control. The GTI receives good, but not excellent, safety ratings, including four-star results from the federal government in frontal impact and five-star ratings in side impact.
According to Edmunds, the 2009 Volkswagen GTI earns four stars in passenger- and driver-side crashes, five stars for both front and rear side impact crashes, and four stars in rollover tests conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives it a "good" rating (the highest possible) in both frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, reports Edmunds.
Kelley Blue Book lists the following standard safety equipment: “front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, plus electronic stability and traction aids. Summer performance tires can be swapped for all-season performance tires at no cost.” Edmunds notes “four wheel antilock brakes, head airbag, traction control, stability control and passenger airbag” as well.
The 2009 Volkswagen GTI excels in most crash tests and offers an impressive array of safety equipment.