The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system a 2014 Top Safety Pick+, its highest award. The award is due to the Jetta’s combination of both active and passive safety systems designed to meet or exceed current crash regulations, including a structural upgrade that improves small overlap protection.
“The redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Jetta not only brings a sleek new design but also offers customers state-of-the-art technology, creating the ideal combination of Volkswagen design, performance, and world-class engineering,” says the Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen of America, Inc., Mark McNabb. “To have IIHS recognize the vehicle as a Top Safety Pick+ confirms that our commitment to safety and engineering pays off in delivering a standout compact vehicle.”
Buyers of the 2015 Jetta have the choice of a number of available driver assistance systems:
- Blind Spot Monitor: Radar sensors monitor space approximately 65 feet around the car to help alert the driver of vehicles that are in the vehicle’s blind spot or approaching from the rear. A flashing symbol in the side mirrors alerts the driver of obstructed space when changing lanes. Customers who choose the Blind Spot Monitor option automatically get the Rear Traffic Alert assistance system as well.
- Rear Traffic Alert: This new driver assistance system is offered in tandem with the Blind Spot Monitor. Not only does it help alert the driver of stationary and moving vehicles directly behind the vehicle, but it also detects vehicles approaching from the side that could be difficult for the driver to see. The radar sensor module gives an acoustic warning in the case of an impending collision.
- Forward Collision Warning: Like the above systems, this one also uses radar sensors to monitor the distance of traffic ahead. The driver is alerted of a possible front-end collision situations via a an audio alert and a warning symbol in the instrument cluster. The radar sensor acquires both the position of stationary cars and motorcycles, and those moving in the same direction as the vehicle.
Already standard on the Jetta are Electronic Stability Control, six airbags, Anti-lock Brakes, Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution, Electronic Stability Control, and Hydraulic Brake Assist.
Top Safety Pick+ is based on good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraint tests. For details on how the IIHS rates vehicles, visit www.iihs.org.