Best Volkswagen Safety Features
What’s makes a vehicle safe? Is it crash-test ratings or how many stars it receives from federal safety agencies? Let’s face it, what makes a vehicle safe is the commitment on the part of the manufacturer to engineer the best safety features possible into each and every vehicle they make. That’s a commitment that Volkswagen takes seriously, and it’s why we can say that these are some of the safest vehicles on the road.
For 2014, the list of safety features in Volkswagen cars and SUVs is the most extensive it has ever been. At Volkswagen of Athens, we’re proud to offer these safe and reliable vehicles to our fellow VW drivers in Northeast Georgia. Our friends and neighbors in Athens, Jefferson, Lawrenceville, Gainesville, Winder and everywhere in-between can be assured of the best possible protection for their families.
We’ve put together this list of safety features so that you can see for yourself just how committed Volkswagen is to building the safest vehicles on the road.
Active Vehicle Safety Features
Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) is Volkswagen’s intelligent braking system. By sampling the amount of pressure applied to the brake pedal, the HBA system can determine whether the driver needs help applying more braking force. In normal brake usage, the HBA will ensure smooth and steady braking. But when braking is forceful, the system assists the driver by providing more stopping power sooner.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a sophisticated system that monitors individual tire speed, steering wheel angle, engine power output and many other data points. If the vehicle loses traction or is under- or over-steering, the ESC will compensate by decelerating one or more tires, or reducing engine power as needed. Dozens of sensors work together to make sure a loss of control is not catastrophic.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses sensors to continuously monitor the pressure in each of the vehicle’s tires. Using radio signals, the system can detect the correct pressure to within 1 PSI and will also check tire temperature. If a low-pressure signal is received, the driver is notified with an indicator on the instrument panel. Some VW vehicles also have a TPMS readout on the vehicle’s monitor.
An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) comes standard on all Volkswagen vehicles sold. The ABS helps during heavy braking and in slippery conditions, by applying the proper amount of braking for each tire. It uses individual wheel speed sensors to detect where and when to provide braking force. With ABS your car’s tires will never lock up, so you are less likely to skid or lose control of the vehicle.
Occupant Safety Features
Every Volkswagen is designed with a Safety Cage that has one purpose – to protect the vehicle’s occupants. The front and rear of the vehicle are designed to absorb the force of a major collision, while the safety cage keeps passengers safely behind a reinforced barrier.
Volkswagen’s Airbag System is designed with extra sensors to detect an accident and deploy faster than those in other vehicles. They include driver and passenger front airbags, side-impact head and thorax airbags, and on some vehicles side-curtain airbags.
Front and rear seat safety belt pre-tensioners work in conjunction with other collision detection systems on your car to protect you in the event of an accident. If a collision is imminent the safety belts will tighten, putting vehicle occupants in optimal posture prior to impact. This system also ensures that occupants are in the correct position for the airbags to be most effective.
Intelligent Crash Response System is Volkswagen’s post-collision safety feature. In the event of a collision where the airbags deploy, the ICRS will unlock all of the vehicle’s doors, cut fuel to the engine, and will turn on the hazard lights automatically.
Advanced Volkswagen Safety Features
Volkswagen is committed to continuously improving safety features on all of the cars they make. As new safety features are designed, they are implemented into some vehicles first and then eventually into the entire lineup. Here are some of the advanced safety features you can find on some Volkswagens and as available options.
Lane Assist – warns drivers if they veer from their lane without a turn signal on.
Dynamic Adaptive Headlights – used in curves to show the driver more of the road.
Adaptive Cruise Control – uses radar to detect the vehicle in front and slow to avoid a collision.
Night Vision – uses infrared light to scan for pedestrians or objects that a driver may not see.
Backup Camera – shows the driver what is behind the car by displaying it on a monitor.
Voice Activation – allows the driver to activate controls verbally and keep hands on the wheel.