Not Only is the GTI a Top Performance Pick, It’s Officially a Top Safety Pick Share Comments The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has turned in its verdict on the 2019 GTI and it has earned itself a Top Safety Pick award. “We are so pleased to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick award for the GTI,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales. “This award demonstrates Volkswagen’s longstanding commitment to vehicle safety and the development of innovative technologies.” To get one of these awards, a car has to get “good” ratings in driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. The GTI, as you no doubt have worked out, does. So on top of being a quick way of getting where you’re going, it’s also a safe one.