Volkswagen Jetta sedan2005-10 models built after November 2004
results also apply to: 2010-13 Volkswagen Golf | 2010-13 Volkswagen GTI | 2009-13 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen | 2006-09 Volkswagen Rabbit
SIDE IMPACT TEST WITH STANDARD BUT WITHOUT ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL SIDE AIRBAGS
|Injury measures||Head protection||Structure/safety cage|
Important: Side impact crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle type and weight categories.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Volkswagen Jetta sedan was redesigned during the 2005 model year. The new design entered production in December 2004, and the earlier design, which is classified as a small car, was produced through 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.
The side impact crash test ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Jetta, called the Volkswagen Rabbit for the 2006-09 model years and its restyled successor, the Volkswagen Golf and its sporty variant, the Volkswagen GTI, beginning with the 2010 model year. The Rabbit, Golf, and GTI are classified as small cars due their shorter overall lengths and lower weights. The ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the Jetta, called the Jetta SportWagen, beginning with 2009 models.
Beginning with the 2011 model year, these ratings do NOT apply to the Volkswagen Jetta sedan, which was redesigned again. However, the ratings still apply to the Jetta Sportwagen, which remains essentially the same as 2009-10 models, and the Golf and GTI.
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Rear passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
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.
Rear 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.
Left to right:
- View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.
- View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.
- Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.
- Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was protected by the side airbag.
- Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
- Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes (beginning with all 2013 Jetta SportWagen models and 2013 Golf and GTI models built after August 2012)
- Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2009 models, optional on 2005-08 models manufactured after November 2004)
- Antilock brakes
- Daytime running lights
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2005 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 4-door
- Class: Midsize moderately priced car
- Weight: 3,228 lbs.
- Side airbags: standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
- Wheelbase: 102 in.
- Length: 179 in.
- Width: 69 in.
- Engine: 2.5 L 5-cylinder
- EPA ratings: 22 mpg city | 30 mpg highway