2012 Volkswagen Beetle

small car / 2-door hatchback

2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2-door hatchback


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2012-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2-door

The Volkswagen Beetle was redesigned for the 2012 model year after a one-year absence from the market. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1120
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 5
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1120
HIC-15 256
Peak gs at hard contact 25
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 31
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Femur force - left (kN) 0.5
Femur force - right (kN) 2.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 9
Maximum tibia index - left 0.40
Maximum tibia index - right 0.76
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 78
Right 183

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2012-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,024 lbs
Peak force 16,594 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.49

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual leatherette seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual leatherette seats
Backset (mm) 38
Distance below top of head (mm) 34
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.2
Head contact time (ms) 54
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 51
Max neck tension (N) 265

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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