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The Volkswagen Polo AE series has received a 5-star safety rating from ANCAP following its safety improvements on mid-life upgrade.

When subjected to independent testing to the latest 2022 requirements, the Volkswagen Polo scored 5-stars in all key areas of safety assessment including Adult Occupant Protection (94 percent), Child Occupant Protection (80 percent), Vulnerable Road User Protection (70 percent), and Safety Assist (70 percent).

“This is a significant achievement,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Hoorweg.

“The current generation VW Polo already held a strong five star ANCAP safety rating following testing when it first arrived in the market in 2018. The significance of this revised rating is that it has now earned a revised five star rating with a 2022 datestamp.”

The current safety features of the vehicle include dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags. A centre airbag also provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes.

It also has Autonomous emergency braking (Car-to-Car and Vulnerable Road User) as well as a lane support system with lane keep assist (LKA), lane departure warning (LDW) and emergency lane keeping (ELK).

“Volkswagen’s addition of more advanced autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assistance systems, and a centre airbag means the Polo now comes with the passive and active safety features and technologies required to earn a five star safety rating against the most stringent requirements to date. The Polo has cleared this hurdle due to Volkswagen making an active move to further enhance its safety specification.”

“This is a very welcome move, and one which ANCAP encourages all manufacturers to consider.”

“Facelifts should always be more than just a new range of paint colours, engine line-ups or interior trim updates. Inclusion of the latest safety features has tangible benefits for all road users,” Ms Hoorweg said.

You can view the full report on the Volkswagen Polo here.