Top ratings for Volkswagen up! and Beetle
The overall packages of occupant, child and pedestrian protection and the safety assistance systems installed in Volkswagen’s up! and the new generation Beetle have been awarded a five-star rating by the European consumer protection organisation, Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme).
In occupant protection, both vehicles attained top results in all seat positions and regardless of the sizes of the driver and front passenger.
Factored into the rating were results of frontal and side impact tests, a pole side impact test and what is known as a whiplash test – which determines loads to the cervical spine of the neck. Both small Volkswagen cars achieved excellent child protection results with dummies representing 18 month and three-year old children.
The up! and Beetle also attained impressive results in the area of safety equipment. Here, Euro NCAP rated the seatbelt reminders for all seats and use of a vehicle dynamic control system (ESP) as especially positive. The up! also received the Advanced Award for its City Emergency Braking function.
The optional City Emergency Braking is automatically active at speeds between five and 30 km/h, and it utilises a laser sensor (integrated in the upper part of the windscreen) to scan an area of up to 10 m in front of the up! and detect the risk of an impending collision.
If a collision is about to occur with a vehicle moving in the driving direction or with a stationary object without the driver reacting, first the braking system is preconditioned, and in a second stage the hydraulic brake assistant is switched to a more sensitive level. Depending on the situation, City Emergency Braking might then initiate hard braking to a stop as a third stage or support the driver with full braking power if brake pedal pressure is insufficient.
Depending on the vehicle’s speed and the particular situation, the emergency braking function with its automatic brake intervention can reduce the severity of accidents and in some cases avoid a collision altogether.
For more info on the up! call into Darryl Twitt Volkswagen, Benalla Road Shepparton. Or call Peter on 5822 5844.
The up! received the Advanced Award for its City Emergency Braking function