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1999 Volkswagen New Beetle

Small car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
1998 Volkswagen New Beetle shown
1998 Volkswagen New Beetle shown
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (2004-10 models)
2
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (1998-2003 models)
3
Electronic stability control (standard on 2006-10 models, optional on 2002-05 models)
4
Antilock brakes (standard on 1999-2010 models, optional on 1998 models)
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2010
G
P
G
2009
G
P
G
2008
G
P
G
2007
G
P
G
2006
G
P
G
2005
G
P
G
2004
G
P
G
2003
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G
1998
G

Applies to 1998-2010 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 New Beetle was reincarnated for the 1998 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the New Beetle in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier. (Note: following discussion about restraint system performance in an initial offset test, Volkswagen changed the size of the driver airbag vent hole. Cars manufactured after June 1998 are equipped with the revised airbag design. 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 Institute conducted a second crash test using a New Beetle equipped with the revised airbag. This evaluation covers both tests. Ratings are based on the second test.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible in the first test. Head acceleration from the dummy's head brushing the window sill was low in the second test.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. In the second test, the dummy's head brushed the window sill as it rebounded toward the driver seat.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-door
Weight 2,762 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase99 in.
Length161 in.
Width68 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 IDCF98010
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)9
Left (cm)11
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)3
Brake pedal (cm)7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)2

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF98010
Head
HIC-15241
Peak gs at hard contact15.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)18
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.8
Femur force - right (kN)3.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)5
Maximum tibia index - left0.59
Maximum tibia index - right0.32
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left113
Right65

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