The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has earned top rating for crashworthiness and front crash prevention following tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, however, the stylish large saloon has missed out on a 2019 safety award due to its ‘poor’ headlight performance.

The Arteon – which has a forward collision warning system that meets the criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - received good crashworthiness ratings in six IIHS evaluations which included driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

However, all three of the Arteon’s available headlight options rate ‘poor’. IIHS evaluates headlights for visibility and glare and the VW’s base headlights (static LED projectors) did not score well at all due to their deficiencies in visibility while its other two systems (curve adaptive LED projectors with and without high-beam assist) also rated ‘poor’ due to excessive glare.

Had the rating been ‘acceptable’ the Arteon - equipped with the latest safety technology - would have got a 2019 Top Safety Pick award. That it fails to do so might have a few of you scratching your chin – hopefully Volkswagen will make the necessary changes to the car’s headlights because it’s a pity it’s been let down by its headlights when the rest of it has performed so well in the latest crash tests.

The 2019 Kia Cadenza is a Top Safety Pick, while both the 2019 Kia Stinger and 2019 Toyota Avalon are Top Safety Pick Plus designees.