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2009 Volkswagen New Beetle

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2005 Volkswagen New Beetle shown
2005 Volkswagen New Beetle shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    A

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Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
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 year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2010
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating
2000
G
Crash avoidance rating
1999
G
Crash avoidance rating
1998
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1998-2010 models built after June 1998

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.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

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 2,760 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
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

Applies to 2004-10 models

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

The Volkswagen New Beetle was reincarnated for the 1998 model year. Front seat-mounted side torso airbags were standard initially and were upgraded to front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags beginning with 2004 models.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be likely in a crash of this severity. A fracture of the pelvis would also be likely. In addition, loading of the shoulder was excessive.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

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

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear side window. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2005 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2-door
Weight 2,854 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase99 in.
Length161 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0505
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.
-0.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0505
Head HIC-15584
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)63
Lateral force (kN)4.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)48
Average deflection (mm)31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.05
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.46
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.6
Acetabulum force (kN)4.2
Combined force (kN)7.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.9
L-M moment (Nm)104
A-P moment (Nm) 40

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0505
Head HIC-15307
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)41
Lateral force (kN)2.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.0
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)187
A-P moment (Nm) 58

Applies to 2004-10 models

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

Seat type

Seats without adjustable lumbar AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats without adjustable lumbar AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm)35
Distance below top of head (mm)52
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.8
Head contact time (ms)70
Force rating2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)128
Max neck tension (N)578

Applies to 2004-10 models

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

Seat type

Seats with adjustable lumbar AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats with adjustable lumbar AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm)30
Distance below top of head (mm)48
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)8.9
Head contact time (ms)69
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)88
Max neck tension (N)530

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