2019 Volkswagen Jetta

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2019 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights(varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T SEL Premium 4-door

The Volkswagen Jetta was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Driver-side small 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
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN1812
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Footrest (cm) 7
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm) 0
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 7
Lower instrument panel (cm) 7

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN1812
Head
HIC-15 242
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 16
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 0.7
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.56
Right 0.37
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 57
Right 73

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T SEL Premium 4-door

The Volkswagen Jetta was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Passenger-side small 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
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1828
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 11
Footrest (cm) 9
Right toepan (cm) 5
Center toepan (cm) 3
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 8
Right lower dash (cm) 10

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1828
Head
HIC-15 147
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.5
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.41
Right 0.46
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 55
Right 30

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1828
Head
HIC-15 145
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.37
Right 0.27
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 34
Right 43

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S 4-door

The Volkswagen Jetta was redesigned for the 2019 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.

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 contacted the side curtain airbag, mainly during rebound, 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 CEF1803 VTF1824
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4 7
Left (cm) 6 10
Center (cm) 5 6
Right (cm) 1 4
Brake pedal (cm) 3 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0 -2
Right (cm) 0 -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3 -1
Rearward (cm) -6 -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1803 VTF1824
Head
HIC-15 252 215
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7 7
Maximum Nij 0.24 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2 1.6
Femur force - right (kN) 0.1 1.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.26 0.30
Maximum tibia index - right 0.79 0.52
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.1 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.4 2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 61 71
Right 86 130

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T SEL Premium 4-door

The Volkswagen Jetta was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of side crash test verification.

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 VTS1822
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -21.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1822
Head HIC-15 192
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 7.76
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.88
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 4.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.5
L-M moment (Nm) 21
A-P moment (Nm) 195

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1822
Head HIC-15 241
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 36
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.24
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 99
A-P moment (Nm) 56

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,942 lbs
Peak force 17,181 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.84

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2019 models

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) 40
Distance below top of head (mm) 14
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.4
Head contact time (ms) 68
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 46
Max neck tension (N) 411

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SEL trim
  • SEL Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SEL trim
  • SEL Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 83.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 50.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.1 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 48.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 50.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 105.0 m
Straightaway left edge 66.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 55.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.3 m

Trim level(s)

  • S trim
  • SE trim
  • R-Line trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • S trim
  • SE trim
  • R-Line trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 68.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 33.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 56.3 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 38.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.0 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 34.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 153.3 m
Straightaway left edge 120.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 57.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 44.9 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Front Assist (w/ Autonomous Emergency Braking)

Package name

  • Optional Driver Assistance Package

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system does not meet the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim S
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) could not measure
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) could not measure
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) could not measure
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) could not measure
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated