Safest Volkswagen Models Earn Top Safety Pick Ratings

2017 Volkswagen Passat - Memphis, TN
With vehicles like the Passat, Volkswagen is setting a high standard for safety.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released its ratings for some 2017 models, including numerous Volkswagens. This year, six VW models earned a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ rating.

The safest Volkswagen models are the Jetta, which earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating, and the Golf 4-door, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI 4-door, Golf SportWagen, and Passat, which all earned a Top Safety Pick rating.

To be named a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle has to achieve a “good” rating in all five crash tests. In addition, it has to offer an automated emergency braking system for front crash prevention that earns at least an advanced rating.

This year, to achieve a Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle has to meet all the Top Safety Pick requirements and offer headlights that have at least an acceptable rating for visibility.

“At Volkswagen, we strongly believe that the latest advanced driver assist technologies can be delivered without being in the premium segment,” said Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy. “The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings awarded to a variety of Volkswagen models compliments our ongoing commitment to offering these features.”

If you’re in the market for a fun-to-drive, reliable, and safe car, then come test drive any of these excellent Volkswagen models today at Gossett VW Germantown.

Have a Safer New Year with These Car Safety Resolutions

2015 Volkswagen Beetle - Memphis, TN
Drive safely in your Volkswagen by following these tips!

The New Year is here, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on making a resolution. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to have a better 2017, here are five car safe resolutions to help make you a better driver.

  1. Cut out the distractions. With our world being so connected, it can be hard to turn it off, but turning your car into a distraction-free zone will let you focus completely on driving. In addition to putting away your phone, don’t eat behind the wheel, or do other things that take your attention from the road.
  2. Seatbelts for everyone. Tell everyone who rides in your car, that you have a strict seatbelt policy. Don’t start driving until everyone is buckled up.
  3. No drinking and driving. If your plans include alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver, or call for a taxi. Don’t take the risk of driving while intoxicated.
  4. Slow down. By driving the speed limit, not only will you be a safer driver, but you’ll save some fuel, too. Aggressive driving, which includes speeding is usually the biggest detriment to your efficiency.
  5. Keep up on maintenance. Get your oil changed and other routine maintenance done on time to preserve your car’s performance and help prevent major breakdowns.

We here at Gossett VW want to wish everyone a happy and safe 2017!

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Spotlight

2017 Volkswagen Jetta - Memphis, TN
The Jetta looks better than ever thanks to a few nice upgrades.

Since the Volkswagen Jetta first arrived on the market, this model has been making big waves in the compact car segment. With its legendary European performance, spacious interior, and unbeatable safety, the VW Jetta is a great choice for those consumers looking for a fuel-efficient, affordable, and powerful ride.

The Jetta has seen a few changes for the 2017 model year. Now, this sedan offers a rearview camera on all trim levels, while also increasing the availability of driver assistance features like forward collision mitigation. This increase in safety has allowed the Jetta to receive an impressive five-out-of-five stars for overall safety in government crash tests. Despite these changes, the Jetta still comes in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and GLI.

Consumers can choose from one of three engine choices to power the 2017 Jetta. The base S and SE models have a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine which pumps out a peppy 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed. A turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder is also available, as is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which comes only on the GLI.

The Jetta’s interior is where this model truly shines. Despite being a compact car, it still manages to offer the spaciousness and cargo room of a vehicle twice its size. It comes standard with a 5-inch touchscreen interface and Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it easy to stay connected even with a base model. As you move up the trim level range, you will find a number of fine-tuned features that will keep anyone happy, including a premium nine-speaker Fender audio system with subwoofer.

For a fun-to-drive compact car with plenty of features to choose from, look no further than the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. Find out more about this compact car at Gossett VW Germantown.