Volkswagen Amarok, ID. Buzz Both Achieve 5-Star Safety

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has announced both the Amarok ute range and the forthcoming ID. Buzz electric van have received the top 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.

Dec 15, 2022

Robust vehicle structures and a high number of assistance systems fitted as standard gave the two different vehicle concepts excellent ratings, says Volkswagen.

Both new models are expected to be on sale in New Zealand by the end of 2023.

European testing organisation Euro NCAP has published its latest vehicle safety test results. With the ID. Buzz and the new Amarok, not one but two models from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with completely different technical designs were rated ‘Very good’ - and each thus received the top ranking of five stars.

This equates to an outstanding overall score both for collision and occupant protection, and is a mark of good vehicle features incorporating both extensive and practical accident

avoidance technology.

The ID. Buzz is equipped as standard with driver, front-seat passenger, centre and side airbags in the cockpit, plus curtain airbags. Scoring 92% of the maximum possible ratings points for occupant protection, the electric van achieved an excellent result thanks to the combination of the airbags with the appropriately laid-out vehicle body structure.

The new Amarok achieved a similarly high points total in the crash tests as the ID. Buzz. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ latest ute was also awarded ‘5 Stars’ by the Euro NCAP testing organisation.

As in the case of the ID. Buzz, here too it was the combination of a robust vehicle body structure with a multitude of modern assistance and emergency braking systems that led to this award. The ute even includes knee airbags.

The very good scores for the front and side crash tests with the Amarok were achieved in combination with the VW-specific child seats. Euro NCAP also gave a top score for accident avoidance.

At the driver’s disposal in both the ID. Buzz and the new Amarok are numerous standard specification and/or optional assistance and emergency braking systems, which likewise impressed the testers, says Volkswagen.

In the ‘Safety Assist’ category they helped the vehicles to achieve 90% (ID. Buzz) and 84% (Amarok) of the possible ranking points.