Volkswagen’s new generation Tiguan has been awarded the maximum five star NCAP safety rating, making it one of Europe’s safest new cars.
The Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program) test series is regarded as the most important and comprehensive benchmark for car safety. It launched in 1997 and this year the conditions were toughened up even further, making the Tiguan’s top marks especially impressive.
The five star rating is aggregated from results in four sub-sections of safety tests. They include:
The new Tiguan was put through a wide range of tests and crash scenarios to measure how effective its safety features are. And it achieved excellent marks across all four categories, including an outstanding 96% score in the adult protection category.
Volkswagen’s new generation Tiguan comes with a first-class package of safety features. These include an optimised vehicle body structure, innovative driver assistance systems and a highly effective airbag combination.
The latter comprises surrounding airbags for the driver and front seat passenger, plus a knee airbag on the driver’s side. And passengers in the front and back are protected by a head and side airbag system.
Meanwhile the safety-optimised headrests are designed to minimise the risk of whiplash injuries in the event of a collision.
The Tiguan SUV was also judged very safe for child passengers, especially with its ISOFIX and Top Tether child seat fixings. The new model also comes with seatbelt pretensioners and fastening reminders for the back seats.
Plus, the Tiguan comes with a range of intelligent driver assistance systems. This includes emergency and post-collision braking and a pedestrian detection system – a first for the model. It also has ABS with brake assistance, a tyre pressure indicator and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to prevent skidding.
Finally, the pre-crash protection system recognises dangerous situations and closes open windows and sunroofs and tightens the seatbelts in advance. And the car’s body structure has an ‘active bonnet’, which is designed to reduce the risk of head injuries to pedestrians in an accident.