1997 Volkswagen Jetta

small car / 4-door sedan

1997 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door sedan


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights


  • G
  • A
  • M
  • P
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1994-99 models

Tested vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4-door

The Volkswagen Jetta and Golf were redesigned for the 1993 model year and continued through the early part of the 1999 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger were introduced as options beginning with the 1994 model year and were made standard in 1995. Note: the ratings apply only to cars equipped with the frontal airbags.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the window frame and B-pillar.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Post-crash damage shot.

Footwell intrusion during the offset test contributed to the marginal performance of the structure, or safety cage.