2021 Volkswagen Golf Safety and Reliability

Volkswagen Golf Reliability Rating

2021 Golf Safety

The Golf is an impressive vehicle when it comes to its crash rating, achieving an overall score of five stars from the NHTSA's safety review. Over at the IIHS, reviews of the Volkswagen Golf for 2021 have not been undertaken at all, but the identical 2020 model achieved mostly Good crashworthiness scores, although the small overlap front test on the passenger-side resulted in only an Acceptable rating.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

2021 Golf Key Safety Features

As standard, the Golf comes with six airbags: frontal, side-impact, and curtain. In addition, you also get the obligatory rearview camera, the usual traction and stability control systems, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and braking, forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and automatic post-collision braking. No optional safety aids are offered, but the standard suite is pretty good.

Volkswagen Golf TrimsTSI
Back-Up CameraS
Cross-Traffic AlertS
Rear Parking AidN/A
Blind Spot MonitorS
Lane Departure WarningN/A
Lane Keeping AssistN/A
Night VisionN/A
Tire Pressure MonitorS
Brake AssistS
Stability ControlS
Traction ControlS

2021 Golf Reliability

Thus far, no recalls have been issued for the 2021 Volkswagen Golf. The 2020 variant was also trouble-free, indicating that past reliability issues have been dealt with.

For your peace of mind, Volkswagen's warranty offering includes a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, three years or 36,000 miles of roadside assistance, and two years or 20,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 20,000 Miles
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