Volkswagen Jetta sedan1999-2005 models built before November 2004
results also apply to: 1999-2006 Volkswagen Golf
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Volkswagen Jetta and Golf were redesigned during the 1999 model year (the old design continued into the early part of the 1999 model year). The Jetta continued in production through 2005 models manufactured until the end of October 2004 (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). A redesigned 2005 Jetta was introduced in March 2005 as a midsize car. The Golf redesign will be delayed until late in the 2006 model year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a late 1999 model Jetta in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier. Note: Immediately after the test, there was a small fire at the base of the B-pillar. The pyrotechnic device in the belt tensioner had ignited sound insulation material. Soon after this incident, the manufacturer recalled all 1999 Jetta/Golf models to fix this problem, so it doesn't affect the crashworthiness evaluation.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.
- Little damage occurred in a 5 mph rear-into-pole impact.
- Footwell intrusion was minimal to moderate in the offset test.
- Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (beginning with 2001 models); front seat-mounted torso airbags
- Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2003 models)
- Antilock brakes
- Daytime running lights
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1999 Volkswagen New Jetta GLS 4-door
- Class: Small car
- Weight: 2,932 lbs.
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags
- Wheelbase: 99 in.
- Length: 172 in.
- Width: 68 in.
- Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder
- EPA ratings: 22 mpg city | 28 mpg highway