VW Taos: highest score in Latin NCAP safety tests

The SUV produced at General Pacheco is the first model to obtain 5 stars under the agency's new test protocol.

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Volkswagen became the first automaker to obtain the highest degree of safety for one of its models with the new test protocol of Latin NCAP (2020-2024), which assesses the level of security delivered by vehicles sold in Latin America and the Caribbean.

El VW Taos it got five stars for safety, considering the protection of adults, children and pedestrians, in addition to the driver assistance systems. The results obtained are valid for all versions of Taos produced in Argentina y Mexico.

New VW Taos"The results obtained are one more example of Volkswagen's commitment to the safety of its occupants and pedestrians", Held Thomas Owsianski, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Argentina.

"We are proud that a vehicle that we manufacture with passion from Argentina for all of Latin America stands out not only in terms of technology and comfort, but also has the highest safety rating", Agregó.

Taos was developed on the basis of the MQB platform, which gives it an excellent structural performance. In addition, it is equipped with several state-of-the-art driving assistants, where the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go, the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system with pedestrian detection and the blind spot detector stand out.

New VW TaosThe model also has two exclusive items in the segment: Fatigue Detector (the system monitors the driving style and issues an audible and visual warning if the driver shows signs of fatigue) and the Post Collision Brake system, which automatically brakes the vehicle. after a first collision, thus avoiding further damage.

Additionally, six airbags are part of the list of safety elements (two front, two side and two curtain), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control (ASR).

The model is also equipped with ISOFIX and top-Tether systems, which guarantee more safety and ease in fixing and installing child seats, ensuring excellent protection for children.


The new Latin NCAP protocol (2020-2024) is divided into four evaluation groups: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection y driver assistance systems. The overall score is defined by the lowest index among the four groups.


latin ncapTests are carried out that encompass a series of safety requirements and biomechanical performance, through the frontal impact at 64 km / h against a deformable barrier with 40% overlap of the front part of the vehicle.

In addition, the side impact (against deformable barrier mounted on a sled at 50 km / h against the vehicle) and side impact against a pole (the vehicle is thrown laterally at 29 km / h towards a pole) are measured. Autonomous emergency braking up to 50 km / h (urban traffic situation), the evaluation of the “whiplash effect” in the cervical spine, the integrity of the fuel system and, additionally, the rescue sheet for the body of the vehicle are also verified. firefighters, indicating the correct cut of the frame.


The evaluation is made based on the performance in frontal and lateral impacts. Likewise, protection elements for children present in the vehicle are evaluated, in addition to the ease and safety of installing child seats.


latin ncapInjury rates in the legs, pelvic region and head region, including children and adults, are evaluated during impact tests in the frontal region of the vehicle. Another evaluated requirement for pedestrian protection is the activation of autonomous emergency braking for pedestrians, evaluating the braking performance performed autonomously.


The performance of devices such as warning for the use of front and rear seat belts, electronic stability control, speed limiter and autonomous emergency braking up to 80 km / h (long-distance traffic situation) is measured.

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