Through the years, it’s evident that – aside from the overall looks of the car – manufacturers have prioritized driver and occupant protection.
Volkswagen is one of the auto manufacturers that continue to push the boundaries to provide customers with a safe vehicle. Last April 2016, they've announced two variants of the Golf - the Highline and the Comfortline. These variants are non-GTI versions of the renowned Golf GTI nameplate. Thus, the smaller engine and lower price tag. To put things in perspective, the price of this Golf is about P550,000 less as compared to the GTI version. However, will they also keep you safe in case of an accident?
To get the ball rolling, here are the safety and tech features integrated to the 2016 Golf.
Unlike its main competitors such as the Ford Focus, the 2016 Golf is equipped with 7 airbags. It comes with drivers, front passenger’s, side, curtain, and knee airbags. The 2016 Golf is integrated with more safety and tech features such as the Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) with Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR); Electronic Differential Lock (EDL); Engine Drag Torque Control; and XDS. These systems detect if the Golf is in a risk of skidding, wheel spin, or over/under steering. XDS, on the other hand, is an extension of the EDL, which improves traction and reduces the Golf’s tendency to understeer.
Adding to the list of safety and tech features is Volkswagen’s Blue Motion Technology, which is responsible for yielding a more economical drive by incorporating start/stop and regenerative braking. Volkswagen says this technology works hand in hand with the Golf’s engine and gearboxes to cut fuel consumption.
This Golf also comes with an 8-channel park distance control system that would aid you in parking into tight spaces by informing the distance from obstacles. This is made possible through the park sensors placed all around the car.
With all the safety and tech features mentioned above, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf is a vehicle that will keep you on the road as well as protect you in an event of a crash.
A 1.4L 4-cylinder turbo gasoline engine that delivers 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque powers both the 2016 Golf Highline and Comfortline variants. The engine is mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission and it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 216 km/h.