Latest Euro NCAP: 11 cars tested - Volkswagen Scirocco

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Volkswagen Scirocco
Volkswagen Scirocco
Overall rating: Five stars
Adult occupation score: 87%
Child protection score: 73%
Pedestrian protection: 53%
Safety assist: 71%

Adult occupant
The passenger cell remained stable in the frontal impact. However, dummy readings indicated that the driver's head had travelled through out the airbag and against the steering wheel and the car was penalised for this.

Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees, femurs and pelvis for both front seat occupants.

Volkswagen was able to show that occupants of different sizes, and those sitting in different positions, would be offered a similarly high level of protection. Chest protection was adequate in the side barrier test and was good in the more severe side pole test. Protection against whiplash injury in a rear impact was rated as good.

Child occupant
Volkswagen has recently made improvements to the ISOFIX restraint and, as of October 2009, supply a modified ISOFIX seat for use in the Scirocco. Euro NCAP's tests were done with the most recent child restraints and the comments and overall star rating do not apply to vehicles using earlier versions of the restraints.

Forward movement of the head dummy representing a three-year-old child seated in a forward-facing seat, was not excessive. Both the dummies of an 18-month-old and a three-year-old were properly contained by the protective shells of their restraints in the side barrier impact.

The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. Poor labelling does not adequately indicate the dangers of using a rearward-facing child seat without first disabling the airbag.

Good protection for pedestrians' legs is offered by the bumper and the front edge of the bonnet, both scoring maximum points. The bonnet offers marginal protection in most areas where a child's head might hit and predominantly poor protection to an adult's head.

Safety assist
Electronic stability control is standard on all Sciroccos throughout Europe. The car has has a seatbelt reminder system for the driver and front passenger seats.

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