But only if you have these optional features installed.
While we're still waiting for the next-generation Golf GTI to arrive, Volkswagen has some good news to share about the current model. The German automaker has proudly announced that the 2019 Golf GTI has earned the coveted 2019 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There is a catch, however: the GTI is only eligible for a Top Safety Pick when equipped with optional Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and LED headlights.
To qualify for a 2019 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also needs an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating.
The GTI earned good ratings in five crash tests and an acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap crash test. It also earned a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (called Front Assist). Front Assist is available in the optional Driver Assistance Package on S models and is standard on the rest of the lineup. LED headlights are also offered as standard on the SE, Rabbit Edition, and Autobahn trims, which earned an acceptable headlight rating.
The Golf GTI also includes a number of passive and active safety systems. As standard, it features six airbags (front and side airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions), and an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that applies the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus potentially reducing residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
Available driver assists include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping System, Park Distance Control, Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), and High Beam Control.
Pricing for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI S with a standard six-speed manual transmission starts at a $27,595, while S models equipped with the seven-speed automatic transmission with start at $28,695. Both prices exclude the additional $885 destination charge.