2016 VW Golf Driver Assistance Systems: Features and Benefits
The Volkswagen Golf boasts a successful and illustrious history, endearing both consumers and critics alike with its exceptional driving characteristics, refined interior and versatile hatchback design. Another thing that’s kept the Golf ahead of the competition is its cutting-edge technology, and a year after being awarded the prestigious Motor Trend Car of the Year, the 2016 Golf comes with an abundance of new high-tech features, including innovative Driver Assistance Systems.
Driver Assistance Package: Available on SE and SEL Trims
The 2016 Golf SE and SEL models are available with the Driver Assistance Package that adds Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, front and rear Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).
Adaptive Cruise Control
The Adaptive Cruise Control utilizes forward facing radar to maintain a set speed while helping maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. The driver sets the speed and the desired spacing via buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and can use the accelerator, brake pedal, or steering wheel to cancel or override the ACC function. All system messages appear in the central multifunction display.
Forward Collision Warning
The Forward Collision Warning helps warn the Golf drivers of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by emitting a warning symbol in the instrument cluster, and, if necessary, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to slow the vehicle if the driver fails to brake. If the brake pedal is applied but the driver brakes too lightly, the brake pressure is increased by the system (Braking Support).
The Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) automatically steers the car into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces in reverse. After pressing the Park Assist button—once for parallel and twice for perpendicular—the driver only needs to activate the accelerator pedal and brake once a gear is selected, as Park Assist automatically helps steer the vehicle into the parking space.
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Additional Tech Features of the 2016 Golf
In addition to the Driver Assistance Systems, the 2016 Golf comes with several other new high-tech features. Much of the new tech is in the upgraded Car-Net platform, and includes the new MIB II infotainment system, App-Connect, Security and Service and Guide and inform. If you’re interested in learning more about the 2016 VW Golf and other aspects of the new Volkswagen models, be sure to follow us on the Capistrano Volkswagen Blog.