It might be tiny, but Volkswagen up! seems to one tough little car. It passed EruoNCAP crash test with flying colors bagging all five stars.
NCAP tested the up! alongside the new 2012 Beetle and awarded both vehicles with top safety rating. The Beetle is a rather sizable thing and you kinda expect it to do well. But the small up! has done really great given its size.
In occupant protection, both vehicles attained top results in all seat positions and regardless of the sizes of the driver and front passenger. Both small Volkswagen cars achieved excellent child protection results and also excelled at whiplash test.
These new VWs come with an impressive range of features including Emergency Braking function and Vehicle Dynamic Control system.
The optional City Emergency Braking is automatically active at speeds between five and 30 km/h, and it utilises a laser sensor (integrated in the upper part of the windscreen) to scan an area of up to 10 metres in front of the up! and detect the risk of an impending collision. If a collision is about to occur with a vehicle moving in the driving direction or with a stationary object without the driver reacting, first the braking system is preconditioned, and in a second stage the hydraulic brake assistant is switched to a more sensitive level. Depending on the situation, City Emergency Braking might then initiate hard braking to a stop as a third stage or support the driver with full braking power if brake pedal pressure is insufficient. Depending on the vehicle’s speed and the particular situation, the emergency braking function with its automatic brake intervention can reduce the severity of accidents and in some cases avoid a collision altogether.