Safest Cars for Families

2016 Volkswagen Golf
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2016 Volkswagen Golf

If you need the utility of a hatchback and can't wait for the new hatchback version of the Civic, the Golf already offers it, along with one of the biggest back seats in the class. Volkwagens, like many European cars, have long been top performers in crash tests. 

The Golf is no exception, with excellent scores in every crash test conducted today. Volkswagen now offers forward collision warning with automatic braking in low-speed traffic. That's less advanced than some cars, but earns the Golf a Top Safety Pick Plus designation among small cars.

The Golf offers more comfortable accommodations than other hatchbacks, whether you need a family car for the city or a safe car for your teenager that can haul all their stuff to the dorm and back. It comes with either two or four doors, and the Golf's new turbocharged 1.8-liter gas engine gives it nearly the performance of the hot-hatch GTI, without the elevated price tag. Either way, there's no better small car to keep your family safe, secure, and comfortable. 

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