2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Small car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
M
G
G
G
G
2013
M
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Volkswagen Beetle was redesigned for the 2012 model year after a one-year absence from the market. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high acceleration was recorded on the right foot, indicating that foot injuries would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2-door
Weight 3,117 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase100 in.
Length168 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.5 L 5-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1120
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)5
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1120
Head
HIC-15256
Peak gs at hard contact25.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)31
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm)34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.5
Femur force - right (kN)2.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)9
Maximum tibia index - left0.40
Maximum tibia index - right0.76
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left78
Right183

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,024 lbs
Peak force16,594 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.49
Tested vehicle
2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual leatherette seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual leatherette seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)38
Distance below top of head (mm)34
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)14.2
Head contact time (ms)54
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)51
Max neck tension (N)265

©1996-2014, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute | www.iihs.org