2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

small car / 2-door hatchback

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-door hatchback
2005 Volkswagen New Beetle shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

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 1998-2010 models built after June 1998

Tested vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-door

The Volkswagen New Beetle was reincarnated for the 1998 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the New Beetle in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier. (Note: following discussion about restraint system performance in an initial offset test, Volkswagen changed the size of the driver airbag vent hole. Cars manufactured after June 1998 are equipped with the revised airbag design. 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 Institute conducted a second crash test using a New Beetle equipped with the revised airbag. This evaluation covers both tests. Ratings are based on the second test.

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 frontal offset crash test.

The driver's upper interior survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head brushed the window sill during rebound.

Minimal intrusion into the driver footwell area helped earn the New Beetle's good rating for the performance of the structure/safety cage.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF98010
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 9
Left (cm) 11
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 3
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF98010
Head
HIC-15 241
Peak gs at hard contact 15
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.8
Femur force - right (kN) 3.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 5
Maximum tibia index - left 0.59
Maximum tibia index - right 0.32
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 113
Right 65

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2004-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2-door with standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags

The Volkswagen New Beetle was reincarnated for the 1998 model year. Front seat-mounted side torso airbags were standard initially and were upgraded to front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags beginning with 2004 models.

Rating applies to 2004-10 models

Tested vehicle:2005 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2-door

The Volkswagen New Beetle was reincarnated for the 1998 model year. Front seat-mounted side torso airbags were standard initially and were upgraded to front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags beginning with 2004 models.

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
The dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear side window. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with the door removed, showing the side airbag 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 airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear side window.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0505
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -0.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0505
Head HIC-15 584
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 63
Lateral force (kN) 4.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 48
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.05
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.46
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 4.2
Combined force (kN) 7.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 104
A-P moment (Nm) 40

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0505
Head HIC-15 307
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 2.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.4
Combined force (kN) 2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 187
A-P moment (Nm) 58

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2004-10 models

Seat type: Seats with adjustable lumbar AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Seats with adjustable lumbar AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 30
Distance below top of head (mm) 48
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 8.9
Head contact time (ms) 69
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 88
Max neck tension (N) 530

Rating applies to 2004-10 models

Seat type: Seats without adjustable lumbar AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Seats without adjustable lumbar AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 35
Distance below top of head (mm) 52
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.8
Head contact time (ms) 70
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 128
Max neck tension (N) 578

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted