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VW Polo 1996-10/2000 ANCAP Crash Test

VW Polo 1996-10/2000 3 door hatch ANCAP Crash Test
Occupant Protection Score
Pedestrian Protection Rating
Not tested
Make Volkswagen
Model Polo
Category Light
Body Type 3-door hatchback
Tested Vehicles Built 1997
Airbags (if supplied) Driver's airbag
Kerb Weight 890 kg
Test Date 28 July 1997
Tested By Euro NCAP

Protection from serious head, chest and upper leg injury was good for the driver in the offset crash test.

The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test except there was too much floor deformation. Protection from serious leg injury for the driver was marginal.

No full frontal crash test was conducted therefore this overall rating should not be compared with the ratings for other vehicles. Full frontal crash tests tend to be more demanding on seat belts than the offset crash test.

Safety features

In Australia dual airbags are standard equipment. The vehicle tested in Europe did not have a passenger airbag.

Structure: Acceptable

Offset crash test

The passenger compartment held its reasonably shape well in the offset crash test. The roof and pillars maintained their shape but there was excessive rearward movement of the front part of the driver's floor. The width of the driver's doorway shortened by 2cm. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash moderate effort was required to open the driver's door. The passenger door could be easily opened.

Restraints: Good

Offset crash test

The driver's head was cushioned by the airbag and protection from serious head injury was good. Protection from serious head injury was also good for the passenger - protection should be even better with the passenger airbag which is standard equipment in Australia.

Safety Features

√ = Fitted to vehicle that was crash tested (where not standard)
S = standard on all models
S* = Standard for petrol models but not available for LPG models until 1 May 2009
O = optional on base variant. May be standard on higher variants
V = not available on base variant but standard or optional on higher variants
X = not available on any variant.
* = not available on the Australian model
# ESC required by ANCAP for 5 star rating from 2008.

Injury Measurements

Refer to the information sheet "How the tests are done"

Offset Crash Test
at 64 km/h

Side Impact
Crash at
50 km/h






Head Injury Criterion (HIC) is a measure of the potential for head injury. At a HIC of 1000 one in 6 adults will suffer from life-threatening injury to their brain.



Chest compression of 75 or more, or chest acceleration of 90 or more indicates poor protection from serious chest injury.

Upper Legs

Force Left (kN) 3.3 1.6  
Force Right (kN) 2.2 2.1  
An upper leg axial force of 10.9 or more indicates poor protection from serious upper leg (femur) injury.

Lower Legs

A lower leg index of 1.2 or more indicates poor protection from serious lower leg (tibia) injury.

Bonus points (maximum 5):

Pole test: Not tested Seat belt reminders: None

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