Nov 1, 2018

CC, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan among the models to make the IIHS list

Herndon, VA  (November 1, 2018) — Today Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) identified seven Volkswagen models on its 2018 list of recommended used vehicles for teenage drivers. The list was compiled by IIHS to help guide families to vehicles that they believe meet important  safety criteria, and have reasonable price tags. The recommended used vehicles for teens all come with standard electronic stability control (ESC) and were separated into two primary categories: Best Choices, starting under $20,000, and Good Choices, starting under $10,000.   

“We know safety is just one of the factors people consider when choosing a vehicle, but we hope parents will give it extra consideration when purchasing a vehicle for a teenager,” said Jessica Cicchino, IIHS vice president for research.  “Teen drivers are at greater risk, due to immaturity and inexperience behind the wheel.”

“At Volkswagen, we strive to deliver affordable safety for our consumers,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and After Sales for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “Nowhere is that more important than for young drivers. We’re thrilled that so many of our models are being recommended by IIHS.”

For Best Choices, the IIHS included Passat (2013 and newer, built after October 2012) and Jetta (2015 and newer).  Vehicles on this list earn good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and good or acceptable ratings in the driver-side small overlap front test.  If rated by NHTSA, they earn 4 or 5 stars overall or 4 or 5 stars in the front and side tests under the old rating scheme.  Data on insurance losses were used to further narrow down the Best Choices. 

For Good Choices, Passat (sedan and wagon 2009-2012), Jetta (sedan and wagon 2009-2014), CC (2009 and newer), Tiguan (2009 and newer), and Routan (2012) all made the list.  These models earned good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.  If rated by NHTSA, they earn 4 or 5 stars overall or 4 or 5 stars in the front and side tests under the old rating scheme.  

Prices for the used vehicles were provided by Kelley Blue Book®.  The estimated values are based on the lowest trim available on the lowest applicable model year and rounded to the nearest $100 for a private-party purchase near the IIHS offices in Arlington, Virginia.  Additional pricing criteria include the vehicle being in good condition with typical mileage.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

About IIHS

IIHS was founded in 1959 by three major insurance associations representing 80 percent of the U.S. auto insurance market.  IIHS is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses, deaths, injuries and property damage from motor vehicle crashes.

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