Five stars for Volksie

Earlier on in 2009 the Tiguan received the highest possible award of five stars early in 2009 from the more stringent EuroNCAP Test, in which the vehicle is tested in four categories (protection for adult passengers, child protection, pedestrian protection, and safety assist systems).

Now the vehicle has received another set of top marks, this time from the American NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Three areas of safety were assessed by the NHTSA, namely the front crash, the side crash and rollover stability. In the front and side crash, the Tiguan was awarded five stars each for the categories occupant protection for the driver and front passenger, and four stars for rollover safety. The risk of injury was assessed as being very low in all cases.

The IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety), which was founded by insurance companies in the USA and has been carrying out crash test programmes regularly since 1995, stated that the Tiguan’s crash response was excellent and awarded the vehicle the “Top Safety Pick”.

Furthermore, the popular off-road vehicle achieved the best ever value in the compact SUV segment, four stars, for the roof stability test in which it was laden with four times its own weight.