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2011 Volkswagen Jetta

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

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

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta S 4-door

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Two moderate overlap frontal tests of the Jetta were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Volkswagen as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests.

These ratings do not apply to the station wagon version of the Jetta, known as the Jetta SportWagen, which is built on a platform designed earlier.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the Institute's moderate overlap frontal 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 well (Institute test car shown).

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail in the Institute's test.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal in both tests, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1006 CEF1011
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4 8
Left (cm) 9 11
Center (cm) 6 8
Right (cm) 5 5
Brake pedal (cm) 8 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1 2
Right (cm) 2 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3 0
Rearward (cm) -5 -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1006 CEF1011
Head
HIC-15 173 250
Peak gs at hard contact no contact 53
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 25 21
Maximum Nij 0.31 0.50
Chest maximum compression (mm) 33 33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8 3.7
Femur force - right (kN) 1.5 1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0 6
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2 11
Maximum tibia index - left 0.28 0.40
Maximum tibia index - right 0.49 0.76
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.0 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.3 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 72 100
Right 124 123

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2011-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of side crash test verification.

Note: The ratings do not apply to the station wagon version of the Jetta, known as the Jetta SportWagen, which is built on a platform designed earlier.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1004
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -13.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1004
Head HIC-15 97
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 43
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 43
Average deflection (mm) 40
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.94
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.98
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 31
A-P moment (Nm) 149

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1004
Head HIC-15 313
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 42
Average deflection (mm) 40
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.83
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.65
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 59
A-P moment (Nm) 57

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta S 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,963 lbs
Peak force 15,859 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.35

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 35
Distance below top of head (mm) 10
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.0
Head contact time (ms) 53
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 38
Max neck tension (N) 491

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted