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2014 Volkswagen Jetta sedan

Midsize moderately priced car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2013 Volkswagen Jetta sedan shown
2013 Volkswagen Jetta sedan shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted 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
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
M
2007
G
G
G
M
2006
G
G
G
A
2005
G
G
G
A
2004
G
2003
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G
1998
M
1997
M
1996
M
1995
M
1994
M

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2013 models built after October 2012, the side curtain airbags were reprogrammed to deploy in small overlap frontal crashes to improve occupant protection (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). The tested car was retrofitted by Volkswagen engineers with a new airbag computer identical to that used in the modified production cars.

The ratings below do not apply to the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, which is built on a platform designed earlier.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 27 cm at the hinge pillar, and the instrument panel intruded 15-18 cm. The steering column was pushed back 6 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 14 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The frontal airbag module also detached from the steering column, which didn't appear to affect the dummy's movement because it occurred relatively late in the crash. Still, such detachments shouldn't occur. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2012 Volkswagen Jetta S 4-door
Weight 2,939 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length182 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1233
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)27
Footrest (cm)19
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)9
Brake pedal (cm)4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)11
Steering column6
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)8
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)15
Lower instrument panel (cm)18

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1233
Head
HIC-15191
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)16
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm)27
Femur (kN)
Left2.3
Right1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left0
Right1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left1.32
Right0.42
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left6.6
Right2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left276
Right80

Applies to 2011-14 models

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

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Two tests of the Jetta were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Volkswagen as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests, but the vehicle specifications shown below are based on the Institute’s test.

Note: The station wagon version of the Jetta, known as the Jetta SportWagen, has NOT been redesigned for the 2011-13 model years. It remains essentially the same as 2009-10 models.

Injury measures

In each test, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low in the test conducted by the Institute.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound in the test conducted by the Institute, the dummy's head hit the roof rail. During the test conducted by Volkswagen, the dummy rebounded into the seat without coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2011 Volkswagen Jetta S 4-door
Weight 2,962 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length182 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1006CEF1011
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)48
Left (cm)911
Center (cm)68
Right (cm)55
Brake pedal (cm)84
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)12
Right (cm)21
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-30
Rearward (cm)51
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)01

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1006CEF1011
Head
HIC-15173250
Peak gs at hard contactno contact53.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)25 21
Maximum Nij 0.31 0.50
Chest maximum compression (mm)33 33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.8 3.7
Femur force - right (kN)1.5 1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)0 6
Knee displacement - right (mm)2 11
Maximum tibia index - left0.28 0.40
Maximum tibia index - right0.49 0.76
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.01.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.31.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left72100
Right124123

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of side crash test verification.

Note: The station wagon version of the Jetta, known as the Jetta SportWagen, has NOT been redesigned for the 2011-13 model years. It remains essentially the same as 2009-10 models.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4-door
Weight 3,157 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length182 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 42 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1004
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-13.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1004
Head HIC-1597
Neck
Tension (kN)0.8
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)40
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.94
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.98
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.5
Combined force (kN)4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)31
A-P moment (Nm) 149

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1004
Head HIC-15313
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)38
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)42
Average deflection (mm)40
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.83
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.65
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.2
Combined force (kN)2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)59
A-P moment (Nm) 57

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,963 lbs
Peak force15,859 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.35
Tested vehicle
2011 Volkswagen Jetta S 4-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 2011-14 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 cloth seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)35
Distance below top of head (mm)10
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.0
Head contact time (ms)53
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)38
Max neck tension (N)491

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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