These Volkswagen Models Match Affordability with Safety

We won’t outright say carmakers put a price on safety, but let’s just say most carmakers don’t sell cars with top of the line safety features without upping the price. This is not the case with Volkswagen, a company with a reputation for providing safety at an affordable price.

In fact, the Volkswagen brand is near-synonymous with superior safety standards. Not only is the 2017 Passat our number one pick for safest car this year, but nearly any car with a VW emblem is going to come standard with industry-leading safety features and technology at the time of manufacturing. So, what’s the catch? We agree, there is no such thing as the perfect automobile at an affordable price. When it comes to Volkswagen, the trade-off is a tendency for their vehicles to develop idiosyncratic mechanical problems over the years.

Thankfully, as the Internet has grown the last decade, so too has the availability of both aftermarket and genuine Volkswagen parts, as well as the amount of instructional DIY resources out there. Looking around online there’s plenty to choose from, and like here, you’ll see that  themselves are not particularly expensive. It’s actually the labor involved in taking apart the intricately German-engineered VW parts and systems and then putting them back together that usually adds up to the highest cost of a project. This means, you’re far better off buying your own VW parts and doing the maintenance yourself, even if that means tinkering for a little while. Owners of Volkswagens out-of-warranty are cautioned to have a repair fund, just in case. Without further ado, here are this year’s safest VW models at an affordable price, a brief breakdown of common maintenance issue(s) associated with each of them over the years:


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2017 model year Volkswagen Jetta a five out of five-star

overall rating. Leading factors include extra passenger airbags, and solid side crash ratings.


Late model Jettas are commonly reported to have premature problems with the original VW brake parts. Drivers indicate squealing and grinding noises coming from the brakes beginning as early as 5,000 miles. The frequency of this issue with Volkswagen’s brake parts depends on the driver as much as anything, but still something to consider when buying a Jetta.


The 2017 Volkswagen Golf receives an overall five out of five-star rating from the NHTSA. This includes the GTI, R, and Alltrack types. The reasons include extra crashes, dynamic head restraint, and across the board perfect ratings for side crashes.


If opting for a Volkswagen Golf with a sunroof, keep in mind its rubber seals are a little prone to leaking. Engine misfires are also known to occur at relatively low mileage so make sure to regularly inspect all the original VW engine parts and try to always use OEM VW parts when replacing Golf engine parts. Lastly, the standard radio in the Golf has a bad habit of going out, even depriving the driver of the ability to plug-in a smartphone for music and/or navigation.


Like its aforementioned siblings, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat has earned an overall five-star rating from the NHTSA. This was based on the model’s forward collision warnings system which come standard, in addition to highly rated results following frontal and side crashes in addition to low rollover risk.


Notorious issues associated with the Volkswagen Passat include drooping headliner, electric window switches malfunctioning, and even engine misfires. Additionally, many previous model year Passats have suffered premature warped brake rotors. Affordable and safe – is there anything more a car owner with a family to look out for can ask from their automobile? Drivers get a win-win with Volkswagen, particularly the Jetta, Golf, and Passat models. While maintenance issues are in no short supply as are needing frequent replacement VW parts and accessories, this is only a small price to pay for top-shelf safety at mid-shelf cost.



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